the celery, Apium graveolens, especially in its wild state.

Origin of smallage

1250–1300; Middle English smalege, smalache, equivalent to smale small + ache parsley < Old French < Latin apium celery, parsley Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for smallage

Historical Examples of smallage

  • In its wild state it has a strong, disagreeable taste and smell, and is known as smallage.

    Science in the Kitchen.

    Mrs. E. E. Kellogg

  • Celery is simply cultivated “smallage”; a weed which has existed in Britain since the age of ice.

    Cakes &amp; Ale

    Edward Spencer

  • The seeds of bishops weed, smallage, stone parsley, and wild carrot.

  • Take young sprouts of smallage—wash and drain them till perfectly dry.

  • Let it remain three or four days, to have the smallage absorb the brandy—then put in as much more brandy as the bottle will hold.

British Dictionary definitions for smallage



an archaic name for wild celery

Word Origin for smallage

C13: from earlier smalache, from smal small + ache wild celery, from Old French, from Latin apium
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