- 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.
Origin of kex
1350–1400; Middle English; of uncertain origin
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- any of several large hollow-stemmed umbelliferous plants, such as cow parsnip and chervil
- the dried stalks of any of these plants
Word Origin for kex
C14: of obscure origin
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"dry, hollow plant stem," late 14c., of uncertain origin. Klein says ultimately from Latin cicuta "hemlock."
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