asparagus

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n asparagus edible young shoots of the asparagus plant
    • n asparagus plant whose succulent young shoots are cooked and eaten as a vegetable
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Asparagus comes in three colors: green, white and purple
    • Asparagus (Bot) A genus of perennial plants belonging to the natural order Liliaceæ, 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.
    • Asparagus The young and tender shoots of Asparagus officinalis, which form a valuable and well-known article of food.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: There are two types of asparagus: green and white. One of the most popular varieties of green asparagus is named after Martha Washington, the wife of George Washington.
    • n asparagus A plant of the genus Asparagus, especially A. officinalis.
    • n asparagus A large genus of plants of the old world, natural order Liliaceæ. That which is cultivated in gardens, the common asparagus, or Asparagus officinalis, has a much-branched stem rising from thick and matted perennial root-stocks, and small greenish-yellow flowers. The narrow thread-like so-called leaves are in reality branchlets growing in clusters in the axils of the true but scale-like leaves. The roots have a bitterish mucilaginous taste, and the stalk is in some degree aperient and deobstruent, but not very efficacious. The part eaten is the turion, or young shoot covered with scales in place of leaves. The sprouts contain the crystalline substance called asparagin.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Ancient Greeks and Romans believed asparagus had medicinal qualities for helping prevent bee stings and relieve toothaches.
    • n Asparagus as-par′a-gus a plant cultivated for its young shoots, esteemed as a table delicacy
    • Asparagus Sparrow-grass was long the form of the word in English
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Quotations

  • Ellen DeGeneres
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    “I was doing stand-up at a restaurant and there was a chalkboard on the street out front. It said, Soup of the Day: Cream of Asparagus. Ellen DeGeneres.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., fr. Gr. 'aspa`ragos 'asfa`ragos; cf. sparga^n to swell with sap or juice, and Zend çparegha, prong, sprout, Pers. asparag, Lith. spurgas, sprout, Skr. sphurj, to swell. Perh. the Greek borrowed from the Persian. Cf. Sparrowgrass

Usage

In literature:

The soil should be prepared as for asparagus, only fifteen inches deep will do well.
"Soil Culture" by J. H. Walden
Pea or asparagus soup can be made in the same way.
"Stevenson Memorial Cook Book" by Various
At the top it sprayed round, like a stick of asparagus.
"Cavalry of the Clouds" by Alan Bott
If canned asparagus is used, drain from liquor, rinse, reserve tips and follow directions given in the foregoing.
"Fifty-Two Sunday Dinners" by Elizabeth O. Hiller
Asparagus was free from pests until 1889, when the asparagus beetle made its unwelcome appearance.
"Asparagus, its culture for home use and for market:" by F. M. Hexamer
Penkethman devours a cold chicken with great applause; Bullock's talent lies chiefly in asparagus.
"The Tatler, Volume 3" by Various
He had himself cut the asparagus and cut it bountifully.
"Leonore Stubbs" by L. B. Walford
Asparagus is cultivated in the environs.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 7" by Various
An asparagus-plant with ripe berries, when dried, floated for eighty-five days, and the seeds afterwards germinated.
"Island Life" by Alfred Russel Wallace
The sea-kale is a vegetable which has a flavour like asparagus.
"Toilers of the Sea" by Victor Hugo
Annie was directing the boy who had been helping her cut asparagus to carry the baskets up where Ruth was sitting.
"Fidelity" by Susan Glaspell
You have some asparagus?
"Gertrude's Marriage" by W. Heimburg
The first time we had asparagus for dinner I couldn't eat a bit.
"A Question of Marriage" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
Food is taken very seriously, of course, and asparagus is honoured above any other vegetable by having its own subscription season.
"Confessions of an Opera Singer" by Kathleen Howard
Bluebells came up in asparagus-like heads that very soon broke into a blue mist of perfume.
"Carnival" by Compton Mackenzie
Perennial crops, including asparagus and rhubarb, should be kept by themselves.
"A Living from the Land" by William B. Duryee
Here's the asparagus bed, and over against the stable we'll have a little hotbed and raise early lettuce.
"Clover and Blue Grass" by Eliza Calvert Hall
An Asparagus-shoot and a Corn-stalk for herbs, and a rattan for a woody kind, represent the first kind.
"The Elements of Botany" by Asa Gray
By Jove, his face turned a kind of asparagus yellow.
"The Haunted Pajamas" by Francis Perry Elliott
The waiter brought in some lamb cutlets, delicate and tender, upon a thick bed of asparagus tips.
"The Works of Guy de Maupassant, Vol. 6" by Guy de Maupassant
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In poetry:

Who would not willingly forsake
Kindred and Home, without a fuss,
For Icing from a Birthday Cake,
Or juicy fat Asparagus,
And journey over countless seas
For New Potatoes and Green Peas?
"Enough is as Good as a Feast" by Harry Graham
I've seen you hang, high in the air,
A stalk of fresh asparagus,
Guiding its succulence to where
It ought to go. I did not cuss.
You had it hot and vinaigrette,
Myrtilla, and I loved you yet.
"Love Gustatory" by Franklin Pierce Adams

In news:

However, several readers have questions about asparagus .
Curry/coconut chicken on the grill with a side of grilled asparagus spears.
Serve with grilled asparagus .
One of the first Michigan crops out of the ground is now available, asparagus .
Asparagus is my favorite springtime vegetable.
My mother-in-law used to have an asparagus bed, but I have never tried to grow asparagus .
Sam's grows my asparagus for me and I love it best when it's just steamed and crunchy.
Lifestyle assistant editor Chris Copley shows his bacon-wrapped asparagus and sugared asparagus , two tasty recipes that might entice reluctant kids to try eating asparagus .
Stockton's Asparagus Festival will likely have to share some of its charitable contributions with a cash-strapped city to pay for police services.
Food columnist Judi Leaming takes advantage of the season's offerings with tasty recipes featuring garden favorites the asparagus and the strawberry.
Asparagus with vinaigrette, chipotle cheeseburger, honey glaze.
Asparagus and Pancetta with Lemon-Tarragon Vinaigrette, Mesquite-Grilled Cheeseburgers with Warm Chipotle Salsa, and Honey Pilsner Glaze on chicken.
Asparagus Casserole, Penne, Spinach, Asparagus and Cashew Salad.
Asparagus for the Quotidian.
There is something so light and silky about a good asparagus soup.
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