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sweet cicely

any of several plants, as a European plant, Myrrhis odorata, of the parsley family, used as a potherb, or certain related North American plants of the genus Osmorhiza.
Origin of sweet cicely
First recorded in 1660-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • No sweet cicely blow wus ever sweeter and purer than she wuz.

    Sweet Cicely Josiah Allen's Wife: Marietta Holley
British Dictionary definitions for sweet cicely

sweet cicely

Also called myrrh. an aromatic umbelliferous European plant, Myrrhis odorata, having compound leaves and clusters of small white flowers
the leaves of this plant, formerly used in cookery for their flavour of aniseed
any of various plants of the umbelliferous genus Osmorhiza, of Asia and America, having aromatic roots and clusters of small white flowers
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