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noun British Dialect.
  1. the dry, usually hollow stem or stalk of various plants, especially of large plants belonging to the parsley family, as cow parsnip or wild chervil.
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Origin of kex

1350–1400; Middle English; of uncertain origin
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Historical Examples

  • Kex then trys his luck, but is unhorsed so rudely that arm and leg are broken.

    Studies on the Legend of the Holy Grail

    Alfred Nutt

  • Kex, keks, n. the dry stalk of the hemlock or other umbelliferous plants.

British Dictionary definitions for kex


  1. any of several large hollow-stemmed umbelliferous plants, such as cow parsnip and chervil
  2. the dried stalks of any of these plants
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Word Origin

C14: of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for kex


"dry, hollow plant stem," late 14c., of uncertain origin. Klein says ultimately from Latin cicuta "hemlock."

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