scorzonera

noun

scor·​zo·​ne·​ra
ˌskȯ(r)zəˈnirə
1
capitalized : a large genus of European herbs (family Compositae) having narrow leaves and solitary heads of yellow flowers on long peduncles with plumose pappus and ribbed achenes see black salsify
2
plural -s : any plant or root of the genus Scorzonera

Word History

Etymology

New Latin, from Spanish escorzonera black salsify, from Catalan escurçonera, from escurçó viper, from (assumed) Vulgar Latin excurtion-, excurtio, from Latin ex- + Late Latin curtion-, curtio viper, from Latin curtus short + -ion-, -io -ion

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“Scorzonera.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/scorzonera. Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

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