artichoke

[ ahr-ti-chohk ]

noun
  1. a tall, thistlelike composite plant, Cynara scolymus, native to the Mediterranean region, of which the numerous scalelike bracts and receptacle of the immature flower head are eaten as a vegetable.

  2. the large, rounded, closed flower head itself.

Origin of artichoke

1
1525–35; <Upper Italian articiocco, variant (by dissimilation) of arciciocco, arcicioffo<*arcarcioffo<Old Spanish alcarchofa<dialectal Arabic al-kharshūf the artichoke

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artichoke

/ (ˈɑːtɪˌtʃəʊk) /


noun
  1. Also called: globe artichoke a thistle-like Eurasian plant, Cynara scolymus, cultivated for its large edible flower head containing many fleshy scalelike bracts: family Asteraceae (composites)

  2. the unopened flower head of this plant, which can be cooked and eaten

Origin of artichoke

1
C16: from Italian articiocco, from Old Spanish alcarchofa, from Arabic al-kharshūf

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