Meaning of scorzonera in English:


Pronunciation /ˌskɔːzə(ʊ)ˈnɪərə/


  • 1A plant of the daisy family with tapering purple-brown edible roots.

    Scorzonera hispanica, family Compositae

    1. 1.1mass noun The root of the scorzonera used as a vegetable.
      ‘Salsify features narrow, leek-like leaves, violet-red flowers and light yellow root, whereas scorzonera's leaves are somewhat wider, its flowers yellow, its creamy white root concealed by dark brown skin.’
      • ‘Skirret is cooked and eaten in the same ways as salsify and scorzonera.’
      • ‘I decided on roast breast of duck, served with the same potato terrine, some glazed parsnips and scorzonera.’


Early 17th century from Italian, from scorzone, from an alteration of medieval Latin curtio(n-) ‘venomous snake’ (against whose venom the plant may have been regarded as an antidote).