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əˈspær ə gəsas·para·gus

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. asparagus, edible asparagus, Asparagus officinalesnoun

    plant whose succulent young shoots are cooked and eaten as a vegetable

  2. asparagusnoun

    edible young shoots of the asparagus plant


  1. asparagusnoun

    Any of various perennial plants of the genus Asparagus having leaflike stems, scalelike leaves, and small flowers.

  2. asparagusnoun

    The young shoots of Asparagus officinalis eaten as a vegetable.

  3. Etymology: From sparagus, from ἀσπάραγος.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Asparagusnoun

    The name of a plant. It has a rosaceous flower of six leaves, placed orbicularly, out of whose center rises the pointal, which turns to a soft globular berry, full of hard seeds. The leaves are finely cut. The species are twelve, of which all but the two first are exoticks.1. Garden asparagus.2. Wild asparagus, with narrow leaves. The first sort is cultivated for the table, and propagated by the seeds, which should be sown in the beginning of February. The next year they should be planted out; the third spring, after planting, they may be begun to be cut, and, by proper management, a plot of asparagus may be continued ten or twelve years in cutting. The second sort grows wild in some parts, but, producing slender shoots, it is rarely cultivated. Philip Miller

    Etymology: Lat.

    Asparagus affects the urine with a fetid smell, especially if cut when they are white; and therefore have been suspected by some physicians, as not friendly to the kidneys; when they are older, and begin to ramify, they lose this quality; but then they are not so agreeable. John Arbuthnot, on Aliments.


  1. Asparagus

    Asparagus, or garden asparagus, folk name sparrow grass, scientific name Asparagus officinalis, is a perennial flowering plant species in the genus Asparagus. Its young shoots are used as a spring vegetable. It was once classified in the lily family, like the related Allium species, onions and garlic. However, genetic research places lilies, Allium, and asparagus in three separate families—the Liliaceae, Amaryllidaceae, and Asparagaceae, respectively— the Amaryllidaceae and Asparagaceae are grouped together in the order Asparagales. Sources differ as to the native range of Asparagus officinalis, but generally include most of Europe and western temperate Asia. It is widely cultivated as a vegetable crop.


  1. asparagus

    Asparagus is a type of perennial plant in the lily family and also refers to its young shoots that are eaten as vegetables. Native to Western Asia, asparagus is known for its distinct, mildly bitter flavor and is often boiled, steamed or grilled. It is rich in vitamins, particularly Vitamin K and folate, and is notable for its high level of antioxidants.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Asparagusnoun

    a genus of perennial plants belonging to the natural order Liliaceae, 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. Asparagusnoun

    the young and tender shoots of A. officinalis, which form a valuable and well-known article of food

  3. Etymology: [L., fr. Gr. 'aspa`ragos, 'asfa`ragos; cf. sparga^n 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. Asparagus

    Asparagus officinalis is a spring vegetable, a flowering perennial plant species in the genus Asparagus. It was once classified in the lily family, like its Allium cousins, onions and garlic, but the Liliaceae have been split and the onion-like plants are now in the family Amaryllidaceae and asparagus in the Asparagaceae. Asparagus officinalis is native to most of Europe, northern Africa and western Asia, and is widely cultivated as a vegetable crop.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Asparagus

    as-par′a-gus, n. a plant cultivated for its young shoots, esteemed as a table delicacy.—n. Aspar′agine, a nitrogenised crystallised substance found in asparagus and other vegetables.—Sparrow-grass was long the form of the word in English. [L.—Gr. asparagos.]

Editors Contribution

  1. asparagus

    A type of cultivar, plant and seed.

    The asparagus farm were able to recruit people locally to work on the farm.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 3, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of asparagus in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of asparagus in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of asparagus in a Sentence

  1. Drew Hiatts:

    We can buy asparagus, but it's nothing like the kind of asparagus we get here. It's sweet and tender, and we can eat it raw, it has a true asparagus flavor, not like something you would get somewhere else that is mass produced.

  2. Warren Buffett:

    If somebody told me that I live a year longer by eating nothing but broccoli and asparagus from now on ... every day will seem like as long. I'll stick with the Cheetos and the Coke.

  3. Gabrielle Douglas:

    I like to stick with lean protein to help with my muscle recovery after hard workouts, so my grandma prepared me a delicious chicken breast and grilled asparagus with balsamic vinegar, it was so good! To treat myself, I dipped a handful of almonds in 2 ounces of melted dark chocolate. It really satisfied my sweet tooth!

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