Jerusalem artichoke


noun

Also called girasol. a sunflower, Helianthus tuberosus, having edible, tuberous, underground stems or rootstocks.
Also called sunchoke. the tuber itself.

Origin of Jerusalem artichoke

1635–45; alteration of Italian girasole articiocco edible sunflower. See girasol, artichoke
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British Dictionary definitions for jerusalem artichoke

Jerusalem artichoke


noun

a North American sunflower, Helianthus tuberosus, widely cultivated for its underground edible tubers
the tuber of this plant, which is cooked and eaten as a vegetable

Word Origin for Jerusalem artichoke

C17: by folk etymology from Italian girasole articiocco; see girasol
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