- borage flowering plant used in salads, mid-13c., from Anglo-Norm., from O.Fr. borage (13c., Mod.Fr. bourrache), from M.L. borrago. Klein says this is ultimately from Arabic abu arak, lit. "the father of sweat," so called by Arab physicians for its effect on humans. But OED says it's from L. borra "rough hair, short wool," in reference to the texture of the foliage.
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Borage — Bor age, n. [OE. borage (cf. F. bourrache, It. borraggine, borrace, LL. borago, borrago, LGr. ?), fr. LL. borra, F. bourre, hair of beasts, flock; so called from its hairy leaves.] (Bot.) A mucilaginous plant of the genus Borago (B. officinalis) … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
borage — [bʉr′ij, bôr′ij] n. [ME < OFr bourage < ML borrago, burrago; said to be < Ar abū ʼarak, “father of sweat,” from diaphoretic use of the plant] any of a genus (Borago) of plants of the borage family, esp. an annual ( B. officinalis) with… … English World dictionary
borage — ► NOUN ▪ a herbaceous plant with bright blue flowers and hairy leaves. ORIGIN Latin borrago, perhaps from an Arabic word meaning «father of roughness» (referring to the leaves) … English terms dictionary
Borage — Taxobox name = Borage image width = 240px image caption = Borage flower regnum = Plantae divisio = Magnoliophyta classis = Magnoliopsida ordo = Lamiales familia = Boraginaceae genus = Borago species = B. officinalis binomial = Borago officinalis… … Wikipedia
borage — /bawr ij, bor , berr /, n. 1. a plant, Borago officinalis, native to southern Europe, having hairy leaves and stems, used medicinally and in salads. Cf. borage family. 2. any of various allied or similar plants. [1250 1300; ME burage < AF borage … Universalium
borage — vaistinė agurklė statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Agurklinių šeimos dekoratyvinis, prieskoninis, vaistinis, medingas nuodingas augalas (Borago officinalis), paplitęs šiaurės Afrikoje, vakarų Azijoje, pietų Europoje. Iš jo gaminami maisto… … Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)
borage — noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo French bourage, from Medieval Latin borrago, probably from Arabic dialect *bū‘araq, alteration of Arabic abū ‘araq, literally, source of sweat; from its use as a diaphoretic Date: 14th century a coarse… … New Collegiate Dictionary
Borage — An herb, also known as the starflower, that has long been used for medicinal purposes. Borage contains a substance called gamma linolenic acid which, it is thought, may inhibit the spread of tumors by restricting the growth of their blood vessels … Medical dictionary
borage — bor|age [ bɔrıdʒ ] noun uncount a plant with rough leaves used for giving a fresh flavor to food. Borage is an herb … Usage of the words and phrases in modern English
borage —  The plant name borage comes via Old French bourrache from Latin borrāgo. Various words have been advanced as an ultimate source, including late Latin burra ‘shaggy cloth’, on account of its hairy leaves, but in view of the fact that the… … The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins