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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Lemon zest brightens and lightens the entire dish, while white wine vinaigrette plays the perfect complement to the sweet peas and crunchy asparagus. Birmingham Magazine,, "2 spring-ready recipes for English peas," 13 Apr. 2018 Members in the Facebook group There’s No Place For Bad manners have been known to discuss the finer details of a place setting for hours, debating the difference between asparagus forks and lobster forks and plain old salad folks. Melissa Locker, Southern Living, "Is A Proper Table Setting A Dying Art Form?," 12 Apr. 2018 Return skillet to medium-high, add asparagus and remaining Tbsp oil, if necessary, and cook, tossing until just tender, about 2 minutes; transfer to bowl with mushrooms. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Ravioli with Creamy Mushrooms and Asparagus," 29 Apr. 2019 In a large bowl, toss the asparagus in oil to coat. Ashley Rodriguez, Woman's Day, "Parmesan Roasted Asparagus," 10 Apr. 2019 Cook asparagus in a large pot of boiling water until bright green and tender, about 3 minutes. Bon Appetit, "Miso-Tahini Noodles with Asparagus and Tofu," 14 May 2018 At the same time, in a large skillet, sauté asparagus in olive oil about 8 minutes. Nancy Stohs, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "2018 farmers markets in Milwaukee and southeastern Wisconsin," 1 May 2018 Store fresh asparagus in the refrigerator to preserve its tenderness and natural sweetness. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, "Healthy Table: Load up on asparagus for its healthy dose of folate and antioxidants," 15 Apr. 2018 For a sharable main course, try wide ribbons of pappardelle, mushroom and asparagus in cream sauce, with a runny egg yolk. Linda Bladholm, miamiherald, "Argentine and Spanish dishes in a Balinese setting set this Bal Harbor restaurant apart | Miami Herald," 5 Apr. 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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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


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


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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