noun \ˈse-lə-rē, ˈsel-rē\

: a vegetable that is grown for its long light green stems

plural cel·er·ies

Full Definition of CELERY

:  a European herb (Apium graveolens) of the carrot family; specifically :  one of a cultivated variety (A. graveolens dulce) with leafstalks eaten raw or cooked

Origin of CELERY

obsolete French celeris, from Italian dialect seleri, plural of selero, modification of Late Latin selinon, from Greek
First Known Use: 1664


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Herb (Apium graveolens) of the parsley family, native to the Mediterranean and the Middle East. The varieties with large, fleshy, succulent, upright leafstalks were developed in the late 18th century. Celery is usually eaten cooked in Europe but raw in the U.S. The tiny fruit, or seed, of the celery resembles the plant itself in taste and aroma and is used as a seasoning.


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