The name Rosemary is a combination of the names Rose and Mary. It came into use in the 19th century along with other plant and flower names (i.e., Ivy, Bryony, Willow), so it was probably coined partly because of its association with the herb of the same name. The herb rosemary, however, comes from the latin word rosmarinus, which means "dew of the sea" due to the fact that the rosemary plant often grows near the ocean where it gets its moisture from the air.

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