asparagus

noun
as·​par·​a·​gus | \ ə-ˈsper-ə-gəs How to pronounce asparagus (audio) , -ˈspa-rə-\
plural asparagus

Definition of asparagus

: any of a genus (Asparagus) of Old World perennial plants of the lily family 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

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The cedar plank salmon with a tangy ginger lime sauce arrived flaky and moist, bolstered by roasted potatoes (regular and sweet) and grilled asparagus. Tim Smith, baltimoresun.com, "Vibrant food, friendly atmosphere make it easy to unwind at Grind and Wine," 10 May 2018 This recipe for a vegan quinoa bowl — with roasted beets, sweet potatoes, cauliflower, asparagus, toasted chickpeas, and an avocado sauce — had what seemed to be a manageable number of components. Madeleine Aggeler, The Cut, "The Tedious Art of Making the Most Instagrammable Grain Bowl," 4 May 2018 The tomatoes, the peaches, the asparagus, the eggs — everything was so different, so vivid, so much itself. Alex Hitz, House Beautiful, "Asparagus Soup with Perfect Sea Scallops from Alex Hitz," 14 Mar. 2014 Dishes range from firm white asparagus bathed in an emulsion of smoked carrot, corn and curry to decadent duck lasagna. Andrew Ferren, WSJ, "How to Spend an Indulgent Day in Madrid for $2,400—or $400," 13 June 2018 Tiny morels and shimeji mushrooms lurk amid tangles of arugula pappardelle tossed with a puree made from charred asparagus. Mike Sula, Chicago Reader, "With antique spirits and goat brats, Mordecai brings fine dining to Rickettsville," 17 May 2018 Vegetables: Prepare a batch of roasted Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, fennel, and so on, but also add in some chopped, shredded, or thinly-sliced raw veggies. Carrie Dennett, The Seattle Times, "Grain bowls are trending. Here’s how to make your own.," 28 Nov. 2018 The Faroe Island Salmon, with almonds, rhubarb, white asparagus, and green garlic, is almost too pretty too eat, and the confit chicken leg comes with green lentils, spring peas, and a heavenly lavender jus. Todd Plummer, Condé Nast Traveler, "18 Best Restaurants in Boston," 16 July 2018 Two women were tending to a bounty of tomato plants, Asian eggplant, squash, asparagus, and a variety of round cucumbers once grown by Benjamin Franklin. Maria Panaritis, Philly.com, "At the Haverford YMCA, an obsessive lawyer sweats it out - over a miracle garden | Maria Panaritis," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of asparagus

1543, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for asparagus

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

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asparagus

noun

English Language Learners Definition of asparagus

: a plant with long green stems and tiny leaves at one end that is cooked and eaten as a vegetable

asparagus

noun
as·​par·​a·​gus | \ ə-ˈsper-ə-gəs How to pronounce asparagus (audio) \

Kids Definition of asparagus

: a vegetable that is the young shoots of a garden plant related to the lilies that lives for many years

asparagus

noun
as·​par·​a·​gus | \ ə-ˈspar-ə-gəs How to pronounce asparagus (audio) \

Medical Definition of asparagus

1 capitalized : a genus of Old World perennial herbs of the lily family (Liliaceae) having erect much-branched stems, minute scalelike leaves, and narrow filiform branchlets that function as leaves
2a : 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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