Origin of skirretMiddle English skirwhit, alteration (influenced by skir, pure, bright and white, white) of Old French eschervi, probably from Arabic karawya, caraway, from Greek kar&omacron;.
- An umbelliferous plant (Sium or Pimpinella sisarum), cultivated for its sweet edible tuberous roots.
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A corrupted form equivalent to sugarwort.