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[sis-uh-lee] /ˈsɪs ə li/
noun, plural cicelies.
a plant, Myrrhis odorata, of the parsley family, having a fragrant aroma and sometimes used as a potherb.
Origin of cicely
1590-1600; < Latin seseli < Greek séselis, séseli hartwort, respelling through influence of proper name Cicely


[sis-uh-lee] /ˈsɪs ə li/
a female given name, form of Cecilia. Unabridged
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  • cicely kissed him gratefully, and they sat down at the table.

    The Squire's Daughter Archibald Marshall
  • The Annals of cicely, likewise; and the imaginings of cicely in especial.

    In Convent Walls Emily Sarah Holt
  • He well knew the size of cicely's love for him, and he'd heard her praise his straightness a thousand times.

    The Torch and Other Tales Eden Phillpotts
  • cicely Rochford set back her head and laughed at the ceiling.

    The Fifth Queen Crowned Ford Madox Ford
  • Roll the ball to him softly, cicely, quite softly as if he were a kitten.

    The Curate in Charge Margaret Oliphant
  • For cicely was fond of pictures, and sometimes they went to the National Gallery.

    A Sheaf of Corn Mary E. Mann
  • cicely was with Sally again, and Monjoy still passed his nights elsewhere than in Horwick.

    Back o' the Moon Oliver Onions
  • "We both are," cicely said, with a calm, middle-aged self-possession.

    A Sheaf of Corn Mary E. Mann
  • cicely and Mab looked at each other, but they did not say anything—they were afraid to say something which they ought not to say.

    The Curate in Charge Margaret Oliphant
  • At the sight of cicely his smile revealed the warmth of his feelings in that direction.

    Simon J. Storer Clouston
British Dictionary definitions for cicely


noun (pl) -lies
short for sweet cicely
Word Origin
C16: from Latin seselis, from Greek, of obscure origin; influenced in spelling by the English proper name Cicely
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Word Origin and History for cicely


fem. proper name, an alteration or nativization of Cecilia. The plant (late 16c.) is Latin seselis, from Greek seselis.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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