American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A variety of fennel (Foeniculum vulgare var. dulce) whose blanched aromatic, celerylike stalks are eaten as a vegetable. Also called Florence fennel, sweet fennel.
- n. A fennel cultivar with a bulb-like structure at its base, used as a vegetable; Florence fennel (Foeniculum vulgare var. azoricum).
- n. derogatory slang A male homosexual. (in β-forms, rare) A lesbian.
- n. aromatic bulbous stem base eaten cooked or raw in salads
- From the Italian finocchio ("fennel”, (derogatory): “male homosexual"). (Wiktionary)
- Italian, from Latin fēniculum, fennel, diminutive of faenum, fēnum, hay; see dhē(i)- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Florentine fennel, also known as finocchio by Italian cooks, looks like a flattened bunch of celery with a bulbous base and feathery green leaves.”
“Fennel: Florentine fennel, also called finocchio, resembles a pregnant bunch of celery.”
“Florence fennel, also called finocchio, is cultivated throughout the Mediterranean and in the United States.”
“Here in southern Italy we do a lot of wild chicory and wild finocchio and another green I don't know the name of in English.”
“I just wanted to say to Peter that Marathoryza (or finocchio as they call it nowadays) was well known to Greeks since ancient years and was highly appreciated for its pharmaceutical properties.”
“We plan on making finocchio salad when we invite guests to our summer home this year!”
“At first we weren't sure about trying the finocchio, but after making our finocchio salad it blew our mind.”
““Essential oil content and chemical composition of finocchio fennel.””
“He'd evidently gotten quite successful at it, for Aldanto got halfway through his finocchio soup before he noticed Marco standing there, twisting his cap nervously in his hands.”
“Newfoundland dog; his voice, strong for a vegetarian, -- for he sells onions and broccoli, celery and tomatoes, _finocchio_ and mushrooms, -- is like tearing a firm rag: how long can it last, subjected to such use?”
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