[ sis-uh-lee ]
/ ˈsɪs ə li /

noun, plural cic·e·lies.

a plant, Myrrhis odorata, of the parsley family, having a fragrant aroma and sometimes used as a potherb.

Origin of cicely

1590–1600; < Latin seseli < Greek séselis, séseli hartwort, respelling through influence of proper name Cicely

Definition for cicely (2 of 2)


[ sis-uh-lee ]
/ ˈsɪs ə li /


a female given name, form of Cecilia. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for cicely


/ (ˈsɪsəlɪ) /

noun plural -lies

short for sweet cicely

Word Origin for cicely

C16: from Latin seselis, from Greek, of obscure origin; influenced in spelling by the English proper name Cicely
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Word Origin and History for cicely


fem. proper name, an alteration or nativization of Cecilia. The plant (late 16c.) is Latin seselis, from Greek seselis.

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