scorzonera

noun scor·zo·ne·ra \ˌskȯ(r)zəˈnirə\

Definition of scorzonera

  1. 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. 2 plural -s :  any plant or root of the genus Scorzonera

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Origin and Etymology of scorzonera

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 — more at shear


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