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