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skirret

skirret (SKIR-it) - n., an Asian plant (Sium sisarum) of the parsley family cultivated in Europe for its edible white tubers.


And parsley family means, of course, it's a relative of the carrot, and indeed this is sometimes described as a variety of waterparsnip. Although described as Chinese origin, it had arrived in Europe by ancient times (it's called siser by Pliny, who says it was a favorite of Tiberius). In the 14th century, it was called skirwhit in England, which looks like it literally means pure white, but that seems to have been an alteration of Old French eschervi, from Arabic karawyā, caraway, from Greek karō or karōn.

Did ye know that up in Scotland, they call a skirret a crummock?

---L.
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