from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The tender young shoots of a Eurasian plant (Asparagus officinalis), eaten as a vegetable.
- n. Any of various perennial plants of the Old World genus Asparagus having leaflike stems, scalelike leaves, and small flowers.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of various perennial plants of the genus Asparagus having leaflike stems, scalelike leaves, and small flowers.
- n. The young shoots of Asparagus officinalis eaten as a vegetable.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A genus of perennial plants belonging to the natural order Liliaceæ, and having erect much branched stems, and very slender branchlets which are sometimes mistaken for leaves. Asparagus racemosus is a shrubby climbing plant with fragrant flowers. Specifically: The Asparagus officinalis, a species cultivated in gardens.
- n. The young and tender shoots of Asparagus officinalis, which form a valuable and well-known article of food.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A plant of the genus Asparagus, especially A. officinalis.
- n. A large genus of plants of the old world, natural order Liliaceæ.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. plant whose succulent young shoots are cooked and eaten as a vegetable
- n. edible young shoots of the asparagus plant
Late Middle English sperage, sparage, from Medieval Latin sparagus, from Latin asparagus, from Greek aspharagos, asparagos.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Medieval Latin asparagus, sparagus, from Ancient Greek ἀσπάραγος (asparagos). Replaced earlier Old English sparagi, from Medieval Latin, later sperage, sparrowgrass. (Wiktionary)