Definition of cicely in English:


Syllabification: cic·e·ly
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
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    • 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.

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