- asparaginic acid,
- asparagus bean,
- asparagus beetle,
- asparagus fern,
Origin of asparagus
Examples from the Web for asparagus
I lived for my packages from home of eggplants and asparagus and tomatoes and broccoli and elephant garlic.Tales of a Jailhouse Gourmet: How I learned to Cook in Prison|Daniel Genis|June 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The U.S. is one of Ecuador's largest customers, buying cut flowers, asparagus, minerals, and Pacific tuna fish.Ecuador Needs U.S. Aid. Will They Risk It All with Snowden?|Mac Margolis|June 26, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Add the green beans, peas, lima beans, asparagus, fava beans, and 1/2 cup water to the pan.
My Dad was a mad keen gardener, so we would always have all those local, seasonal, organic things; asparagus and artichokes.Tom Parker Bowles on Camilla's Roast Chicken, His Cocaine Sting and Those Pictures of Kate|Tom Sykes|October 3, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Asparagus is one of those ingredients that I need to eat once it's around, and eggs are my all-time favorite food.
Asparagus is said to strengthen and develop the artistic faculties.Food Remedies|Florence Daniel
It is more commonly known as asparagus fern, though it is not even a most distant relative of the fern family.ABC of Gardening|Eben Eugene Rexford
I stuffed myself with bread so as not to dream of turbot, asparagus, and suchlike.Letters of Anton Chekhov|Anton Chekhov
The two city-bred artists knew a wall-flower from a cabbage and a rose from a sprig of asparagus, and that was all.The Golden Butterfly|Walter Besant
With saddle and mutton, plain baked macaroni, peas or asparagus.Civic League Cook Book|Anonymous
Word Origin for asparagus
late Old English sparage, from Latin asparagus (in Medieval Latin often sparagus), from Greek asparagos, of uncertain origin; probably from PIE root *sp(h)er(e)g- "to spring up" (though perhaps from a non-Greek source). In Middle English, asperages sometimes was regarded as a plural, with false singular aspergy.
By 16c. the word had been anglicized as far as sperach, sperage. It was respelled by c.1600 to conform with classical Latin, but then folk-etymologized formation sparrowgrass arose 17c., persisting into 19c., during which time asparagus had "an air of stiffness and pedantry" [John Walker, "Critical Pronouncing Dictionary," 1791]. Known in Old English as eorðnafela.