Definition of scorzonera in English:


Syllabification: scor·zo·ne·ra
Pronunciation: /ˌskôrzəˈni(ə)rə


  • 1A plant of the daisy family with tapering purple-brown edible roots. Also called black salsify, black oyster plant.
    • Scorzonera hispanica, family Compositae
  • 1.1The root of the scorzonera used as a vegetable.
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    • Salsify features narrow, leek-like leaves, violet-red flowers and light yellow root, whereas scorzonera's leaves are somewhat wider, its flowers yellow, its creamy white root concealed by dark brown skin.
    • Skirret is cooked and eaten in the same ways as salsify and scorzonera.
    • I decided on roast breast of duck, served with the same potato terrine, some glazed parsnips and scorzonera.


early 17th century: from Italian, from scorzone, from an alteration of medieval Latin curtio(n-) 'venomous snake' (against whose venom the plant may have been regarded as an antidote).

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