from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An eastern Asian plant (Sium sisarum) having a cluster of tuberous, sweetish, edible roots.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An umbelliferous plant (Sium or Pimpinella sisarum), cultivated for its sweet edible tuberous roots.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An umbelliferous plant (Sium Sisarum syn. Pimpinella Sisarum). It is a native of Asia, but has been long cultivated in Europe for its edible clustered tuberous roots, which are very sweet.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A species of waterparsnip, Sium Sisarum, generally said to be of Chinese origin, long cultivated in Europe for its esculent root.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an Asiatic herb cultivated in Europe for its sweet edible tuberous root
Middle English skirwhit, alteration (influenced by skir, pure, bright and white, white) of Old French eschervi, probably from Arabic karawyā, caraway, from Greek karō.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
A corrupted form equivalent to sugarwort. (Wiktionary)