Definition of scorzonera
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
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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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