asparagus

[ uh-spar-uh-guhs ]
/ əˈspær ə gəs /

noun

any plant of the genus Asparagus, of the lily family, especially A. officianalis, cultivated for its edible shoots.
the shoots, eaten as a vegetable.

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Origin of asparagus

before 1000; <Latin <Greek asp(h)áragos; replacing Old English sparagi (<Medieval Latin ) and later sperage, sparrowgrass

OTHER WORDS FROM asparagus

as·pa·rag·i·nous [as-puh-raj-uh-nuhs], /ˌæs pəˈrædʒ ə nəs/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for asparagus

asparagus
/ (əˈspærəɡəs) /

noun

any Eurasian liliaceous plant of the genus Asparagus, esp the widely cultivated A. officinalis, having small scaly or needle-like leaves
the succulent young shoots of A. officinalis, which may be cooked and eaten
asparagus fern a fernlike species of asparagus, A. plumosus, native to southern Africa

Word Origin for asparagus

C15: from Latin, from Greek asparagos, of obscure origin
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