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cicely

[sis-uh-lee] /ˈsɪs ə li/
noun, plural cicelies.
1.
a plant, Myrrhis odorata, of the parsley family, having a fragrant aroma and sometimes used as a potherb.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Latin seseli < Greek séselis, séseli hartwort, respelling through influence of proper name Cicely

Cicely

[sis-uh-lee] /ˈsɪs ə li/
noun
1.
a female given name, form of Cecilia.
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cicely

/ˈsɪsəlɪ/
noun (pl) -lies
1.
short for sweet cicely
Word Origin
C16: from Latin seselis, from Greek, of obscure origin; influenced in spelling by the English proper name Cicely
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Cicely

fem. proper name, an alteration or nativization of Cecilia. The plant (late 16c.) is Latin seselis, from Greek seselis.

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Encyclopedia Article for cicely

(Myrrhis odorata), perennial herb of the family Apiaceae (Umbelliferae). It has a leafy hollow stem 60 to 90 cm (2 to 3 feet) high; much-divided leaves, whitish beneath; a large sheathing base; and terminal clusters of small white flowers, of which only the outer ones are fertile. The fruit is dark brown, 1.9 to 2.5 cm (0.7 to 1 inch) long, narrow, and beaked. The plant, native to central and southern Europe, is found in parts of England and Scotland in pastures, usually near houses. It has aromatic and stimulant properties and was once used as a potherb.

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