cicely

[sis-uh-lee]
noun, plural cic·e·lies.
  1. 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

Cicely

[sis-uh-lee]
noun
  1. a female given name, form of Cecilia.
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cicely

noun plural -lies
  1. 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

Cicely

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

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