Definition of basil:
- The name given to several aromatic herbs of the Mint family, but chiefly to the common or sweet basil ( Ocymum basilicum), and the bush basil, or lesser basil ( O. minimum), the leaves of which are used in cookery. The name is also given to several kinds of mountain mint ( Pycnanthemum).
- The skin of a sheep tanned with bark.
- The slope or angle to which the cutting edge of a tool, as a plane, is ground.
- To grind or form the edge of to an angle.
common basil, sweet basil.
- herb (part of speech: noun)
- "Basil", Wilkie Collins.
- "A Portrait of Old George Town", Grace Dunlop Ecker.
- "The Passenger from Calais", Arthur Griffiths.