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chard

[chahrd]
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noun
  1. a variety of beet, Beta vulgaris cicla, having leaves and leafstalks that are used as a vegetable.

Origin of chard

1650–60; apparently < French chardon thistle; see cardoon
Also called Swiss chard, leaf beet.
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  • Chard and his jackal were seated in the latter's cabin on deck.

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  • Up on the bridge Hendry and Chard were talking and looking out ahead.

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  • But I'm not going to let him and Chard drive me out of the ship.

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  • Then Chard, who had been watching him keenly, rose from his seat.

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  • Chard muttered under his breath, "Be careful, Louis, be careful."

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British Dictionary definitions for chard

chard

noun
  1. a variety of beet, Beta vulgaris cicla, with large succulent leaves and thick stalks, used as a vegetableAlso called: Swiss chard, leaf beet, seakale beet

Word Origin

C17: probably from French carde edible leafstalk of the artichoke, but associated also with French chardon thistle, both ultimately from Latin carduus thistle; see cardoon
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Word Origin and History for chard

n.

1650s, from French carde "chard" (14c.), perhaps via Provençal, from Latin carduus "thistle, artichoke" (see harsh).

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