asparagus

noun

as·​par·​a·​gus ə-ˈsper-ə-gəs How to pronounce asparagus (audio)
-ˈspa-rə-
plural asparagus
: any of a genus (Asparagus of the family Asparagaceae, the asparagus family) of Old World perennial plants having much-branched stems, minute scalelike leaves, and narrow usually filiform branchlets that function as leaves
especially : one (A. officinalis) widely cultivated for its edible young shoots

Illustration of asparagus

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Examples of asparagus in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Flaked salmon stars in this dish, boosted by asparagus, green peas, dill, and lemon zest. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 16 Feb. 2024 Drizzle tuna steaks in olive oil and a squeeze of lemon then pop in the oven alongside asparagus for two delicious Easter menu ideas in one. Sarah Martens, Better Homes & Gardens, 16 Feb. 2024 When the cells walls of asparagus are weakened by steaming, for example, vitamins A, C, E, K and B folate are more available to be absorbed by the body. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 1 Feb. 2024 With really fresh asparagus, boiling or steaming isn’t the best way to go. Kathleen Purvis, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 Spring is one of the best times to make a risotto as fresh asparagus and green peas hit the market. Fred Thompson, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 Add asparagus, peas and spinach; continue cooking for 1-2 minutes. Judy Revenaugh, Kansas City Star, 30 Jan. 2024 The second is a vegetarian option (with vegan choices by request) that is $179 per person and has seasonal vegetables, goat cheese asparagus, raviolo, eggplant, lemon sorbet and desserts. Carlos Rico, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Dec. 2023 But Baudelaire’s is a purely literary project, and the painters, including even Manet, his supposed model, would actually return again and again to single subjects: a nude in the bath, a plate of asparagus, a haystack. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 25 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

New Latin, genus name, from Latin, asparagus plant, from Greek asparagos; perhaps akin to Greek spargan to swell

First Known Use

1543, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of asparagus was in 1543

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Cite this Entry

“Asparagus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/asparagus. Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

asparagus

noun
as·​par·​a·​gus ə-ˈspar-ə-gəs How to pronounce asparagus (audio)
: a tall branching long-lived herb related to the lilies and widely grown for its thick edible young shoots

Medical Definition

asparagus

noun
as·​par·​a·​gus ə-ˈspar-ə-gəs How to pronounce asparagus (audio)
1
capitalized : a genus of Old World perennial herbs (family Asparagaceae) having erect much-branched stems, minute scalelike leaves, and narrow filiform branchlets that function as leaves
2
a
: any plant of the genus Asparagus
especially : a plant (A. officinalis) widely cultivated for its tender edible young shoots
b
: the root of cultivated asparagus formerly used as a diuretic

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