Share this entry

Share this page

cicely

Syllabification: cic·e·ly
Pronunciation: /ˈsisilē
 
/
(also sweet cicely)

Definition of cicely in English:

noun (plural cicelies)

An aromatic white-flowered plant of the parsley family, with fernlike leaves.
Example sentences
  • The sweet cicely, which I have always had in the bed in front of the dining room, is in flower again.
  • The root of sweet cicely can be boiled and eaten.
  • One of the first herbs to appear in the spring, sweet cicely makes a becoming backdrop to a perennial border.

Origin

late 16th century: from Latin seselis, from Greek. The spelling change was due to association with the given name Cicely.

Definition of cicely in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day peart
Pronunciation: pɪət
adjective
lively; cheerful