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ba zuhl

  • n  any of several Old World tropical aromatic annual or perennial herbs of the genus Ocimum
  • n  (Roman Catholic Church) the bishop of Caesarea who defended the Roman Catholic Church against the heresies of the 4th century; a saint and Doctor of the Church (329-379)
  • n  leaves of the common basil; used fresh or dried

  • If we have pizza and there's basil on it, he'll pick the basil out.
  • He snips some basil from my garden, takes some Parmesan from my fridge and spends half an hour doing what he calls cooking and what I call making me realize how lame I am.
  • It were ri' tough choosin' th' basil - I near went wi' oregano instead! I were thankin' me lucky stars fr'm th' first bite an' explosion o' flavor tha' basil were th' winner!.
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  • George MacDonald Fraser in International Herald Tribune
    People like rascals, they like rogues,Fraser told the British Broadcasting Corp. in 2006. "I was always on the side of the villain when I was a child and went to the movies. I wanted Basil Rathbone to kill Errol Flynn."
  • Pope Benedict XVI in
    My colleague, the superb and very dishy Kathleen Parker, recently wrote in National Review Online a column stating what John Cleese as Basil Fawlty would call 'the bleeding obvious,': namely, that Sarah Palin is an embarrassment, and a dangerous... Christopher Buckley Oct 10, 2008 8417 11875 basilica You could say that thanks to your work for so many weeks, the attention of the whole world has been fixed on the basilica, on St Peter's Square, and on the Apostolic Palace, inside of which my predecessor, the unforgettable John Paul II, serenely...

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