sweet cicely


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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Lloyd routinely collects elderflower, plantain leaf, nettle, sweet cicely and valerian, but other finds depend on the time of year. Jennifer Billock, Smithsonian Magazine, 17 Feb. 2022 The section on sweet cicely describes its growing habitats (rural settlements, roadsides, parks) and leaf shape. Andrea Sachs, Washington Post, 26 July 2019

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Word History


cicely from Latin seselis, from Greek

First Known Use

1577, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sweet cicely was in 1577

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“Sweet cicely.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sweet%20cicely. Accessed 23 Mar. 2023.

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