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.
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Origin of sweet cicely
First recorded in 1660–70
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British Dictionary definitions for sweet cicely
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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