Cardoon meaning

kär-do͝on'
A Mediterranean plant (Cynara cardunculus) closely related to the artichoke, cultivated for its edible leafstalks and roots.
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A thistlelike Mediterranean plant (Cynara cardunculus) of the composite family, closely related to the artichoke: leaves and roots are edible when blanched.
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Cynara cardunculus, a prickly perennial plant with impressive purple flowers.
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Origin of cardoon

  • Middle English cardoun from Old French cardon from Old Provençal from Late Latin cardō cardōn- from Latin carduus wild thistle
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Middle French cardon, from Medieval Latin cardon, singular form of cardo, from Latin carduus (“thistle”).
    From Wiktionary