- any of several plants, as a European plant, Myrrhis odorata, of the parsley family, used as a potherb, or certain related North American plants of the genus Osmorhiza.
Origin of sweet cicely
First recorded in 1660–70
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- Also called: myrrh an aromatic umbelliferous European plant, Myrrhis odorata, having compound leaves and clusters of small white flowers
- the leaves of this plant, formerly used in cookery for their flavour of aniseed
- any of various plants of the umbelliferous genus Osmorhiza, of Asia and America, having aromatic roots and clusters of small white flowers
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