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cardoon

[kahr-doon]
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noun
  1. a composite plant, Cynara cardunculus, of the Mediterranean area, having a root and leafstalks eaten as a vegetable.
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Also car·don [kahr-dohn] /kɑrˈdoʊn/.

Origin of cardoon

1605–15; < Middle French cardon < Old Provençal < Medieval Latin cardōn-, stem of cardō, for Latin card(u)us thistle, cardoon
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cardoon

noun
  1. a thistle-like S European plant, Cynara cardunculus, closely related to the artichoke, with spiny leaves, purple flowers, and a leafstalk that may be blanched and eaten: family Asteraceae (composites)
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Word Origin

C17: from French cardon, ultimately from Latin carduus thistle, artichoke
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Word Origin and History for cardoon

n.

1610s, from French cardon, from Provençal cardon, properly "thistle," from Late latin cardonem (nominative cardo "thistle," related to Latin carduus "thistle, artichoke" (see harsh).

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