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skirret Line breaks: skir|ret
Pronunciation: /ˈskɪrɪt/

Definition of skirret in English:


An East Asian plant of the parsley family, formerly cultivated in Europe for its edible carrot-like root.
  • Sium sisarum, family Umbelliferae
Example sentences
  • However, mention of skirrets had largely disappeared from the recipe books by the end of the 18th century.
  • The skirret gets an early head start, and is in full size and bloom by the time the hog peanut gets going.
  • I have no idea whether sparrows eat skirret, but they were definitely sniffing around it the other night.


Middle English skirwhit(e), perhaps from Scots skire 'bright, clear' + white.

Words that rhyme with skirret

dispirit, spirit

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