American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A Mediterranean thistlelike plant (Cynara scolymus) in the composite family, having pinnately divided leaves and large discoid heads of bluish flowers.
- n. The edible, immature flower head of this plant. Also called globe artichoke.
- n. The Jerusalem artichoke.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) The Cynara scolymus, a plant somewhat resembling a thistle, with a dilated, imbricated, and prickly involucre. The head (to which the name is also applied) is composed of numerous oval scales, inclosing the florets, sitting on a broad receptacle, which, with the fleshy base of the scales, is much esteemed as an article of food.
- n. See Jerusalem artichoke.
- n. Mediterranean thistlelike plant widely cultivated for its large edible flower head
- n. a thistlelike flower head with edible fleshy leaves and heart
- From northern Italian dialectal articiocco, alteration of arcicioffo (possibly influenced by ciocco ("stump"), from Old Spanish alcarchofa, from Arabic القرشوف (al-qaršūf, "artichoke"). (Wiktionary)
- Ultimately from Old Spanish alcarchofa, from Arabic al-ḫaršuf : al-, the + ḫuršūf, ḫaršuf, artichoke. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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