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artichoke

Noun

1 Mediterranean thistlelike plant widely cultivated for its large edible flower head [syn: globe artichoke, artichoke plant, Cynara scolymus]
2 a thistle-like flower head with edible fleshy leaves and heart [syn: globe artichoke]

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English

Etymology

From northern dialectal articiocco, alteration of arcicioffo, from alcarchofa, from قرشوف.

Pronunciation

Noun

  1. An edible plant related to the thistle.

Synonyms

Translations

Cynara scolymus
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