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celery

[sel-uh-ree, sel-ree] /ˈsɛl ə ri, ˈsɛl ri/
noun
1.
a plant, Apium graveolens, of the parsley family, whose leafstalks are eaten raw or cooked.
Origin
1655-1665
1655-65; < French céleri < Italian seleri, plural of seleroGreek sélinon parsley
Can be confused
celery, salary.
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Examples for celery
  • Mountain gorillas eat mostly herbs-wild celery, nettles, bedstraw.
  • Half of the participants were also shown an obviously healthful side dish, such as three sticks of celery.
  • In other words, they could not distinguish a carrot from a stick of celery, but could say that it was a vegetable.
  • He bought a head of celery and, for good measure, some ducks' feet to use in making stock.
  • But packaged carrots and celery, both organic, were flavorless.
  • Drain the beans and place in a large, heavy saucepan over medium heat with the chopped carrot and celery.
  • celery and cauliflower production have also increased the number of reliable jobs.
  • Spread on crackers, slathered on celery, melted with chocolate: peanut butter goes with almost anything.
  • The distinctive flavor of both is due to the wild celery on which they feed.
  • She leaned slightly toward him and looked modestly at the celery before her.
British Dictionary definitions for celery

celery

/ˈsɛlərɪ/
noun
1.
an umbelliferous Eurasian plant, Apium graveolens dulce, whose blanched leafstalks are used in salads or cooked as a vegetable See also celeriac
2.
wild celery, a related and similar plant, Apium graveolens
Word Origin
C17: from French céleri, from Italian (Lombardy) dialect selleri (plural), from Greek selinon parsley
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Word Origin and History for celery
celery
1660s, from Fr. céleri, from It. (Lombard dialect) seleri (pl.), from L.L. selinon, from Gk. selinon "parsley."
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