from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A Mediterranean plant (Cynara cardunculus) closely related to the artichoke, cultivated for its edible leafstalks and roots.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Cynara cardunculus, a prickly perennial plant with impressive purple flowers.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A large herbaceous plant (Cynara Cardunculus) related to the artichoke; -- used in cookery and as a salad.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A thistle.
- n. The Cynara Cardunculus, a perennial plant belonging to the same genus as the artichoke, and somewhat resembling it.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. only parts eaten are roots and especially stalks (blanched and used as celery); related to artichokes
- n. southern European plant having spiny leaves and purple flowers cultivated for its edible leafstalks and roots
Middle English cardoun, from Old French cardon, from Old Provençal, from Late Latin cardō, cardōn-, from Latin carduus, wild thistle.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle French cardon, from Medieval Latin cardon, singular form of cardo, from Latin carduus ("thistle"). (Wiktionary)