- 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
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Examples from the Web for 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 & Ale
The seeds of bishops weed, smallage, stone parsley, and wild carrot.Cooley's Practical Receipts, Volume II
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.
- an archaic name for wild celery
C13: from earlier smalache, from smal small + ache wild celery, from Old French, from Latin apium
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