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  1. a plant, Sium sisarum, of the parsley family, cultivated in Europe for its edible tuberous root.
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Origin of skirret

1300–50; Middle English skirwhite literally, pure white (skir < Old Norse skīrr clear, pure; cognate with Old English scīr); alteration, by folk etymology, of Middle French scherwitz, unexplained variant of Old French carvi caraway
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Historical Examples of skirret

  • When the roots have attained their full size, they are usually dressed in the manner of Skirret and Scorzonera.

    The Field and Garden Vegetables of America

    Fearing Burr

  • Skirret, skir′et, n. an edible water-parsnip: a perennial plant, native to China and Japan.

British Dictionary definitions for skirret


  1. an umbelliferous Old World plant, Sium sisarum, cultivated in parts of Europe for its edible tuberous roots
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Word Origin for skirret

C14 skirwhite, perhaps from obsolete skir bright (see sheer 1) + white
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