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BAS'IL, n. s as z. The slope or angle of a tool or instrument as of a chisel or plane; usually of 12 degrees, but for hard wood, 18 degrees.

BAS'IL, v.t. To grind or form the edge of a tool to an angle.

BAS'IL, n. s as z.

1. A plant of the genus Ocymum, of which there are many species, all natives of warm climates. They are fragrant aromatic plants, and one species, the sweet basil, is much used in cookery, especially in France.

BAS'IL, n. The skin of a sheep tanned; written also basan.




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BAS'IL, n. s as z. The slope or angle of a tool or instrument as of a chisel or plane; usually of 12 degrees, but for hard wood, 18 degrees.

BAS'IL, v.t. To grind or form the edge of a tool to an angle.

BAS'IL, n. s as z.

1. A plant of the genus Ocymum, of which there are many species, all natives of warm climates. They are fragrant aromatic plants, and one species, the sweet basil, is much used in cookery, especially in France.

BAS'IL, n. The skin of a sheep tanned; written also basan.


BAS'IL, n. [s as z.]

The slope or angle of a tool or instrument, as of a chisel or plane; usually of 12 degrees, but for hard wood, 18 degrees. – Encyc.


BAS'IL, n.1 [s as z. Fr. basilic; It. basilico.]

A plant of the genus Ocymum, of which there are many species, all natives of warm climates. They are fragrant aromatic plants, and one species, the sweet basil, is much used in cookery, especially in France.


BAS'IL, n.2 [Orient. בזו to strip.]

The skin of a sheep tanned; written also basan.


BAS'IL, v.t.

To grind or form the edge of a tool to an angle. – Moxon.


Bas"il
  1. The slope or angle to which the cutting edge of a tool, as a plane, is ground.

    Grier.
  2. To grind or form the edge of to an angle.

    Moxon.
  3. 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).

    Basil thyme, a name given to the fragrant herbs Calamintha Acinos and C. Nepeta. -- Wild basil, a plant (Calamintha clinopodium) of the Mint family.

  4. The skin of a sheep tanned with bark.
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Basil

BAS'IL, noun s as z. The slope or angle of a tool or instrument as of a chisel or plane; usually of 12 degrees, but for hard wood, 18 degrees.

BAS'IL, verb transitive To grind or form the edge of a tool to an angle.

BAS'IL, noun s as z.

1. A plant of the genus Ocymum, of which there are many species, all natives of warm climates. They are fragrant aromatic plants, and one species, the sweet basil is much used in cookery, especially in France.

BAS'IL, noun The skin of a sheep tanned; written also basan.

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