car·​doon kär-ˈdün How to pronounce cardoon (audio)
: a large perennial Mediterranean plant (Cynara cardunculus) related to the artichoke and cultivated for its edible root and stalks
also : the root and petioles

Examples of cardoon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Also on the menu were stuffed grape leaves, Persian noodles, herb frittata, and yogurt with cardoons, while the cuisine’s characteristic freshness was achieved through zingy herbs ranging from tarragon, saffron, parsley, dill, and cilantro. Maria Geyman, Vogue, 24 Mar. 2023 Before the emergence of the French tacos, Vaulx-en-Velin was known as the cardoon capital of France. Lauren Collins, The New Yorker, 12 Apr. 2021 There are stews made with cardoons and with apples or quinces in the fall, and with peaches in the late summer. Los Angeles Times, 10 Aug. 2019 This Merino sheep’s-milk cheese is from the Extremadura region of Spain and produced using the flower buds of the cardoon thistle. Molly Fitzpatrick, Bon Appetit, 26 Apr. 2018 Many edible plants are ornamental themselves, such as peppers, eggplants, fennel, dill, cardoon and kale. Margaret Lauterbach, idahostatesman, 21 Mar. 2018 If winter is mild, like our winters usually are, some kales, cardoons, carrots and celery survive and then set seeds too. Margaret Lauterbach, idahostatesman, 24 Jan. 2018 Behind her home, Gouveia turned seven steeply sloped acres into a terraced demonstration farm featuring unusual edibles such as spineless nopales, pineapple guavas and cardoon (an artichoke cousin). Debbie Arrington, sacbee, 14 July 2017 And what about kohlrabi, cardoon, pomelos, rambutan or cherimoya? Kim Boatman, The Mercury News, 29 Mar. 2017

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Word History


French cardon, from Late Latin cardon-, cardo thistle, from cardus, from Latin carduus thistle, cardoon

First Known Use

1594, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cardoon was in 1594

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“Cardoon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

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