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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Asparagus  \As*par"a*gus\,  n.  [L.,  fr  Gr  ?,  ?;  cf  ?  to  swell 
  with  sap  or  juice,  and  Zend  ?paregha  prong,  sprout,  Pers. 
  asparag,  Lith.  spurgas  sprout,  Skr.  sphurj  to  swell.  Perh. 
  the  Greek  borrowed  from  the  Persian.  Cf  {Sparrowgrass}.] 
  1.  (Bot.)  A  genus  of  perennial  plants  belonging  to  the 
  natural  order  {Liliace[ae]},  and  having  erect  much 
  branched  stems,  and  very  slender  branchlets  which  are 
  sometimes  mistaken  for  leaves.  {Asparagus  racemosus}  is  a 
  shrubby  climbing  plant  with  fragrant  flowers. 
  Specifically:  The  {Asparagus  officinalis},  a  species 
  cultivated  in  gardens. 
 
  2.  The  young  and  tender  shoots  of  {A.  officinalis},  which 
  form  a  valuable  and  well-known  article  of  food. 
 
  Note:  This  word  was  formerly  pronounced  sparrowgrass;  but 
  this  pronunciation  is  now  confined  exclusively  to 
  uneducated  people. 
 
  {Asparagus  beetle}  (Zo["o]l.),  a  small  beetle  ({Crioceris 
  asparagi})  injurious  to  asparagus. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  asparagus 
  n  1:  plant  whose  succulent  young  shoots  are  cooked  and  eaten  as  a 
  vegetable  [syn:  {edible  asparagus},  {Asparagus 
  officinales}] 
  2:  edible  young  shoots  of  the  asparagus  plant 




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