ce·​le·​ri·​ac sə-ˈler-ē-ˌak How to pronounce celeriac (audio) -ˈlir- How to pronounce celeriac (audio)
: a celery (Apium graveolens rapaceum) grown for its knobby edible root

Examples of celeriac in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Cover the potatoes with half the sweet potatoes in the same way; then the celeriac; then the remaining sweet potatoes; then the parsnips. The Week Uk, theweek, 7 Jan. 2024 The celeriac puree can be made in advance to save time. Dan Lindbergand, Miami Herald, 24 Jan. 2024 Sprinkle with Kosher salt and spread a thin layer of the celeriac puree on top. Dan Lindbergand, Miami Herald, 24 Jan. 2024 Alternatively, cut the potatoes, sweet potatoes and celeriac in half and slice across as thinly as possible by hand, with a sharp knife. The Week Uk, theweek, 7 Jan. 2024 Try subbing leeks or shallots for the onion, celeriac or fennel for the celery, and parsnips or turnips for the carrots. Jessica Harlan, Southern Living, 26 Dec. 2023 Blacklock also offers a whole bulb of celeriac, cooked like the meat over a charcoal fire. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 29 Dec. 2023 Among the highlights in small plates are the incredible celeriac carbonara and steak tartare with beef fat pangratatto, raw egg, charred bread. Joanne Shurvell, Forbes, 27 Mar. 2023 Standout dishes new to the menu include the Rillette, a twist on the classic dish featuring duck, lemongrass pork confit, and roasted garlic, and the Snapper, where the fish sits on a celeriac root puree and is topped with dill beurre blanc sauce, pickled cucumber, and baby carrot. William Li, Town & Country, 8 July 2022

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Word History


altered from celery; the origin of suffixal -ac is obscure

Note: Word apparently introduced by the English gardener and landscaper Stephen Switzer (1682?-1745) in A compendious, but more particular method, than has ever yet been published, for the raising Italian brocoli, Spanish cardoon, celeriac, fenochi, and other foreign kitchen vegetables, so as to make them dishes more generally used than hithero they have been (London, first edition 1728 or 1729). Switzer claimed to have received celeriac seeds from Alexandria, but gives no account of the source of the word.

First Known Use

1743, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of celeriac was in 1743

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“Celeriac.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/celeriac. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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