Basil vs. Tulsi

By Jaxson

  • Basil

    Basil (UK: , US: ; Ocimum basilicum), also called great basil or Saint-Joseph’s-wort, is a culinary herb of the family Lamiaceae (mints).

    Basil is native to tropical regions from central Africa to Southeast Asia. It is a tender plant, and is used in cuisines worldwide. Depending on the species and cultivar, the leaves may taste somewhat like anise, with a strong, pungent, often sweet smell.

    There are many varieties of basil, as well as several related species or hybrids also called basil. The type used commonly as a flavor is typically called sweet basil (or Genovese basil), as opposed to Thai basil (O. basilicum var. thyrsiflora), lemon basil (O. × citriodorum), and holy basil (Ocimum tenuiflorum). While most common varieties of basil are treated as annuals, some are perennial in warm, tropical climates, including holy basil and a cultivar known as “African blue basil”.

  • Basil (noun)

    A plant (Ocimum basilicum).

  • Basil (noun)

    The leaves of this plant used as a herb.

  • Basil (noun)

    Any other species in the genus Ocimum.

  • Basil (noun)

    The angle to which a joiner’s tool is ground away.

  • Basil (noun)

    The skin of a sheep tanned with bark.

  • Basil (verb)

    To grind the edge of a tool to an acute angle.

  • Tulsi (noun)

    Holy basil, Ocimum tenuiflorum.

  • Basil (noun)

    an aromatic plant of the mint family, native to tropical Asia. The leaves are used as a culinary herb, especially in Mediterranean dishes

    “garnish the baked pizza with fresh basil”

    “basil sauce”

  • Basil (noun)

    a European plant which grows in hedges and scrub.

Oxford Dictionary

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