smallage

smallage

[smaw-lij]
noun
the celery, Apium graveolens, especially in its wild state.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English smalege, smalache, equivalent to smale small + ache parsley < Old French < Latin apium celery, parsley

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smallage (ˈsmɔːlɪdʒ)
 
n
an archaic name for wild celery
 
[C13: from earlier smalache, from smalsmall + ache wild celery, from Old French, from Latin apium]

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smallage

(Apium graveolens), wild celery; strongly scented, erect, biennial herb of the carrot family (Apiaceae, or Umbelliferae) widely distributed in moist places within the temperate zones, and grown for use as a flavouring similar to celery. In traditional medicine, smallage roots are used as a carminative and its leaf stalks as a soothing tea

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