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savory,

name for any plant of the genus Satureja, aromatic herbs and subshrubs of the family Labiatae (mintmint,
in botany, common name for members of the Labiatae, a large family of chiefly annual or perennial herbs. Several species are shrubby or climbing forms or, rarely, small trees.
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 family). Commonly cultivated as border ornamentals or potherbs are two species of the Mediterranean region and surrounding areas: summer savory (S. montana or S. hortensis) and winter, or spring, savory (S. acinos). Summer savory is the plant most frequently grown commercially and in herb gardens for its foliage, used as savory spice. The aromatic oil is extracted for flavoring processed foods, sausages, and catsup. Winter savory is sometimes used medicinally as an aromatic and carminative. Savory is classified in the division MagnoliophytaMagnoliophyta
, division of the plant kingdom consisting of those organisms commonly called the flowering plants, or angiosperms. The angiosperms have leaves, stems, and roots, and vascular, or conducting, tissue (xylem and phloem).
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, class Magnoliopsida, order Lamiales, family Labiatae.

savory

[′sav·ə·rē]
(botany)
A herb of the mint family in the genus Satureia ; of the more than 100 species, only summer savory (S. hortensis) and winter savory (S. montana) are grown for flavoring purposes.

savory

1. any of numerous aromatic plants of the genus Satureja, esp S. montana (winter savory) and S. hortensis (summer savory), of the Mediterranean region, having narrow leaves and white, pink, or purple flowers: family Lamiaceae (labiates)
2. the leaves of any of these plants, used as a potherb
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