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golden alexanders

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1.
a plant, Zizia aurea, of the parsley family, native to eastern North America, having compound leaves and umbels of yellow flowers.
Origin
Middle English alisaundre (< Old French < ML), Old English alexandre < Medieval Latin (petroselinum) Alexandrinum horse-parsley (Smyrnium olusatrum), a synonym of petroselinum Macedonicum (apparently by association of Macedonia with Alexander the Great); cf. parsley
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