Definition of asparagus in English:

asparagus

Syllabification: as·par·a·gus
Pronunciation: /əˈsparəgəs
 
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noun

  • 1A tall plant of the lily family with fine feathery foliage, cultivated for its edible shoots.
    • Asparagus officinalis, family Liliaceae
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    • A member of the lily family, asparagus is also related to onions, leeks and garlic.
    • Asparagus beetles tend to shy away from asparagus when tomatoes, parsley or basil are planted nearby.
    • Despite the admirable longevity of an established asparagus bed, the plants get off to a slow start.
  • 1.1The tender young shoots of the asparagus, eaten as a vegetable and considered a delicacy.
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    • Good sources of folate include oranges, green leafy vegetables, asparagus and cantaloupe melon.
    • Combine the corn with steamed green vegetables like asparagus and offer baked potatoes to ensure the children don't go hungry.
    • The tender, juicy asparagus provides a counterpoint to the fried food.

Origin

mid 16th century: via Latin from Greek asparagos.

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