Definition of scorzonera in English:

scorzonera

Line breaks: scor¦zon|era
Pronunciation: /ˌskɔːzə(ʊ)ˈnɪərə
 
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noun

1A plant of the daisy family with tapering purple-brown edible roots. Also called black salsify, viper's grass.
  • Scorzonera hispanica, family Compositae
1.1 [mass noun] The root of the scorzonera used as a vegetable.
More example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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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