sweet cicely

noun
sweet cic·​e·​ly | \ -ˈsi-s(ə-)lē How to pronounce sweet cicely (audio) \

Definition of sweet cicely

: any of a genus (Osmorhiza) of American and eastern Asian herbs of the carrot family that typically have thick fleshy roots and grow in moist woodlands

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The section on sweet cicely describes its growing habitats (rural settlements, roadsides, parks) and leaf shape. Andrea Sachs, Washington Post, "In Sweden, a DIY dining adventure," 26 July 2019

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First Known Use of sweet cicely

1577, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sweet cicely

cicely from Latin seselis, from Greek

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