- 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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Examples from the Web for chard
Walking through rows of Swiss chard, heirloom tomatoes, leeks, and artichokes, he can tell you exactly when each is at its peak.A California Tavern With an Artichoke Obsession
Jane & Michael Stern
June 1, 2014
Beyond the basil, which is sold in Whole Foods, we have kale and chard and bok choy and bell peppers.Dylan Ratigan Unplugged: Ex-MSNBC Host Turns Hydroponic Entrepreneur
March 22, 2013
But regular broccoli will do; also rough greens—spinach, kale, dandelion greens, Swiss chard.Overrated/Underrated: Food, Glorious and Otherwise
June 1, 2012
When the oil begins to smoke, add the Swiss chard stalks and season with salt and pepper.Homemade Cranberry Sauce, Plus Swiss Chard
The Daily Beast
November 25, 2008
Chard and his jackal were seated in the latter's cabin on deck.
Up on the bridge Hendry and Chard were talking and looking out ahead.
But I'm not going to let him and Chard drive me out of the ship.
Then Chard, who had been watching him keenly, rose from his seat.
Chard muttered under his breath, "Be careful, Louis, be careful."
- 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
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
1650s, from French carde "chard" (14c.), perhaps via Provençal, from Latin carduus "thistle, artichoke" (see harsh).
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