Definition of cicely in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsisilē/
(also sweet cicely)

noun (plural cicelies)

An aromatic white-flowered plant of the parsley family, with fernlike leaves.
  • Genera Myrrhis and Osmorhiza, family Umbelliferae: several species, in particular the European M. odorata, grown as a pot herb and used in herbal medicine, and the North American O. claytoni.
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.


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

Words that rhyme with cicely


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Syllabification: cic·e·ly

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