April 17, 2016
artichoke (noun)
\AHR-tuh-chohk\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: a tall plant related to the daisies and having a flower head which is cooked and eaten as a vegetable
How do you use it?
Anthony's favorite party food is a gooey baked dip made with parmesan cheese and marinated artichokes.
Are you a word wiz?

From which of these languages do you think English borrowed the word "artichoke"?

The English word "artichoke" comes from "articiocco," an Italian word for the thorny vegetable. "Articiocco" in turn traces to the Arabic word "al-khurshuf," meaning "the artichoke." Where the artichoke plant originated is not known for certain, though northern Africa is a likely location. Artichokes have long been cultivated in the Mediterranean countries of Italy, Spain, and France, where they are still grown today. Italian "articiocco" entered English as "artichoke" (along with some other variant spellings) when the vegetable was introduced into England in the early 1500s.
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