Meaning of small basil in English:

small basil

noun

rare
  • A kind of basil, Ocimum minimum, with small leaves which are used as a culinary herb; also called bush basil.

Origin

Late 16th century; earliest use found in Henry Lyte (1529–1607), botanist and antiquary. After Middle French petit basilic. Dodoens's Dutch name for the plant is edele basilicom, lit. ‘noble basil’.