Jerusalem artichoke

noun
Je·​ru·​sa·​lem artichoke | \ jə-ˈrü-s(ə-)ləm- How to pronounce Jerusalem artichoke (audio) , -ˈrüz-ləm-, -ˈrü-zə- \

Definition of Jerusalem artichoke

: a perennial sunflower (Helianthus tuberosus) of the U.S. and Canada widely cultivated for its tubers that are used as a vegetable and as a livestock feed also : its tubers

First Known Use of Jerusalem artichoke

1639, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Jerusalem artichoke

Jerusalem by folk etymology from Italian girasole girasole

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“Jerusalem artichoke.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Jerusalem%20artichoke. Accessed 4 Apr. 2020.

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