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skirret

[skir-it]
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noun
  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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  • 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

skirret

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

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