- noun a common aromatic Mediterranean plant (Thymus) used for flavouring soups, stuffings and sauces
- A hardy evergreen low growing sub shrub, Thymus vulgaris, with tiny aromatic leaves and pale lilac flowers. The stalks with leaves attached are used in bouquet garnis or bundled up with other herbs to make a faggot of herbs. Alternatively the leaves alone are used fresh or dried in stuffings, sauces, soups, stocks and meat dishes. Fresh sprigs may be used to flavour oil or vinegar.