ar·ti·choke | \ˈär-tə-ˌchōk \

Definition of artichoke 

1 : a tall Mediterranean composite herb (Cynara scolymus) resembling a thistle with coarse pinnately incised leaves also : its edible immature flower head which is cooked as a vegetable

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Meanwhile, halve artichoke hearts and brown, cut sides down, in 1 tablespoon oil on medium-high, 3 minutes. Lower heat to medium; toss with 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Chicken with Creamy Spinach and Artichokes," 24 Apr. 2018 Prepping an artichoke can be intimidating the first go-around. Claire Perez,, "How to prep artichokes," 10 Mar. 2018 The expansive patio is fenced off with citrus trees, tomato plants, artichokes and other vegetables, flowers and herbs. Michael Bauer,, "Stem Kitchen and Garden in Mission Bay: Go before it’s ‘discovered’," 12 July 2018 On the menu: Among the eight appetizers are crab cakes in puffed pastry, spinach and artichoke dip, and shrimp scampi. Myrna Petlicki, Lake County News-Sun, "Guide to outdoor dining in Chicago suburbs: Reflections Restaurant & Lounge in Lake Villa," 7 July 2018 Everyone grills zucchini, red peppers, and onions, so why not do broccoli, frozen baby artichoke hearts, or cucumbers? Christina Pérez, Vogue, "Vegetarian Grilling Ideas Sure To Impress Even The Judge-iest BBQ Guests," 3 July 2018 There are tangles of fava and green beans, gnarly rows of celery and turnip roots, whole heads of artichoke and garlic, and bursts of cherry tomatoes. Keith Flanagan, USA TODAY, "A taste of Tel Aviv's largest open-air market," 19 June 2018 The artichoke and roasted red pepper dip is one of the most popular appetizers, Dan Taylor said. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Taylor’s People's Park: Gourmet fast food, people with personality and a skulk of Foxes," 25 Apr. 2018 The casseroles included mac and cheese, shrimp, eggplant, broccoli and rice, artichoke and corn. Dinah L. Rogers Photography,, "St. Joseph's Day altar hosted by Marrero woman for 19th year," 20 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of artichoke

1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for artichoke

Italian dialect articiocco, ultimately from Arabic al-khurshūf the artichoke

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ar·ti·choke | \ˈär-tə-ˌchōk \

Kids Definition of artichoke

: the immature flower head of a Mediterranean plant that is cooked and eaten as a vegetable

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