From the Latin ros marinus, meaning "sea dew" since it is native to the coast and subject to saltwater mists.
Make no mistake
Marjoram is often confused with oregano, an ambiguity promoted by its Latin name. Botanists make the following distinction: the aromatic plant called marjoram is an ordinary garden annual, while oregano is actually wild marjoram. In the Middle Ages, every boy heading far afield from his family home to begin a trade would tuck a sprig of marjoram into the back of his boot before setting out in order to bring him luck.
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