cel·ery | \ ˈse-lə-rē , ˈsel-rē \
plural celeries

Definition of celery 

: a European herb (Apium graveolens) of the carrot family specifically : one of a cultivated variety (A. graveolens dulce) with leafstalks eaten raw or cooked

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Default ingredients include soft potato wedges that absorb the sauce, as well as broccoli, celery, cauliflower, soybean sprouts, and bright red chiles with cilantro and sesame seeds. Mike Sula, Chicago Reader, "All hail Hunanese dry hot pot at Sizzling Pot King," 5 July 2018 Wild Zora This company started with meat and veggie bars but recently acquired the Paleo Meals to Go brand, which makes things like Mountain Beef Stew with carrots, mushrooms, and celery, and Canyon Chicken Curry with sweet potatoes and cauliflower. Ac Shilton, Outside Online, "This Is the Golden Age of Backpacking Food," 27 June 2018 Most green drinks don’t contain added salt, but some vegetables, such as beets and celery, have a surprising amount of naturally occurring sodium. Consumer Reports, Washington Post, "That juice may be green, but it’s not as healthy as you think," 25 June 2018 Pour equal portions of the nut mylk into each bowl; scatter each serving with radishes, apple, celery, Swiss chard, green onion, parsley, and sesame seeds; and drizzle with Ginger Flax Dressing. Sally Singer, Vogue, "Hollywood’s Favorite Detox Resort Launches a Delicious Vegetarian Cookbook," 13 June 2018 Vegan white chili with spicy white beans, celery, onions, cilantro, red pepper, jalapenos and tofu in a vegan base. Jessi Virtusio, Post-Tribune, "Get a taste of New Orleans at Yats in Valparaiso," 23 May 2018 On top is a crunchy salad of celery stalks and leaves. Pete Wells, New York Times, "Chez Ma Tante, Where Falafel and Kedgeree Live in Harmony," 27 Mar. 2018 Cook chopped onion, celery stalks (chopped), dried thyme, coarse salt, and pepper in 2 1/2 tablespoon olive oil in a pot over medium heat, stirring, until softened, 4 minutes. Lori Powell And Janis Jibrin, Good Housekeeping, "Cauliflower Soup," 7 Dec. 2017 Meanwhile, in a food processor, finely chop onion, celery, and carrot. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Spicy Ketchup-Glazed Meatloaf," 18 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of celery

1664, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for celery

borrowed from French céleri (17th-century celeris, sceleri, Middle French scellerin), borrowed from an Upper Italian form (as Ligurian sèlarʼu, Lombard sèleri), altered from Vulgar Latin *selinum (Late Latin selīnon), borrowed from Greek sélīnon, perhaps from a pre-Greek substratal language

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English Language Learners Definition of celery

: a vegetable that is grown for its long light green stems


cel·ery | \ ˈse-lə-rē , ˈsel-rē \

Kids Definition of celery

: a vegetable that has crisp light green leafstalks that are eaten raw or cooked

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