Queen Anne's lace


Queen Anne's lace

noun

Definition of QUEEN ANNE'S LACE

:  a widely naturalized Eurasian biennial herb (Daucus carota) which has a whitish acrid taproot and flat lacelike clusters of tiny white flowers and from which the cultivated carrot originated —called also wild carrot

First Known Use of QUEEN ANNE'S LACE

1895

Queen Anne's lace

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Bristly biennial (Daucus carota) of the parsley family, native to Eurasia but now found almost worldwide. An ancestor of the cultivated carrot, it grows 5 ft (1.5 m) tall and has divided, long, feathery leaves. Flat-topped clusters (umbels) of white or pink flowers have a single dark-purple flower in the center and resemble lace. The enlarged root is edible but very bitter, and the ribbed fruits have sharp spines.

Variants of QUEEN ANNE'S LACE

Queen Anne's lace or wild carrot

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