celery

[sel-uh-ree, sel-ree]
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noun

a plant, Apium graveolens, of the parsley family, whose leafstalks are eaten raw or cooked.

Nearby words

  1. celebratory,
  2. celebrity,
  3. celebutante,
  4. celeriac,
  5. celerity,
  6. celery cabbage,
  7. celery pine,
  8. celery salt,
  9. celesta,
  10. celeste

Origin of celery

1655–65; < French céleri < Italian seleri, plural of seleroGreek sélinon parsley

Can be confusedcelery salary

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British Dictionary definitions for celery

celery

noun

an umbelliferous Eurasian plant, Apium graveolens dulce, whose blanched leafstalks are used in salads or cooked as a vegetableSee also celeriac
wild celery a related and similar plant, Apium graveolens

Word Origin for celery

C17: from French céleri, from Italian (Lombardy) dialect selleri (plural), from Greek selinon parsley

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Word Origin and History for celery

celery

n.

1660s, from French céleri (17c., originally sceleri d'Italie), said by French sources to be from Italian (Lombard dialect) seleri (singular selero), from Late Latin selinon, from Greek selinon "parsley," of uncertain origin.

[O]ne day, in a weak and hungry moment, my roommate and I succumbed to a bit of larceny. A greengrocer's truck had parked down the street and was left unattended. We grabbed the first crate we could off the back. It turned out to be celery. For two days we ate nothing but celery and used up more calories chewing than we realized in energy. "Damn it," I said to my roommate, "What're we going to do? We can't starve." "That's funny," he replied. "I thought we could." [Chuck Jones, "Chuck Amuck," 1989]
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