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[chahrd] /tʃɑrd/
a variety of beet, Beta vulgaris cicla, having leaves and leafstalks that are used as a vegetable.
Also called Swiss chard, leaf beet.
Origin of chard
1650-60; apparently < French chardon thistle; see cardoon Unabridged
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  • Dandelion greens, spinach, Swiss chard, may all be used in the same way.

    The Khaki Kook Book Mary Kennedy Core
  • But I'm not going to let him and chard drive me out of the ship.

    Tessa Louis Becke
  • Young shoots of poke or scoke are sometimes served as French chard.

    The Laurel Health Cookery Evora Bucknum Perkins
  • Then chard, who had been watching him keenly, rose from his seat.

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  • "I told you the other day that I did not wish you to have any fireworks," began Mr. chard.

  • chard and his jackal were seated in the latter's cabin on deck.

    Tessa Louis Becke
British Dictionary definitions for chard


a variety of beet, Beta vulgaris cicla, with large succulent leaves and thick stalks, used as a vegetable Also called Swiss chard, leaf beet, seakale beet
Word Origin
C17: probably from French carde edible leafstalk of the artichoke, but associated also with French chardon thistle, both ultimately from Latin carduus thistle; see cardoon
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Word Origin and History for chard

1650s, from French carde "chard" (14c.), perhaps via Provençal, from Latin carduus "thistle, artichoke" (see harsh).

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