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sweet cicely (sĬs´əlē), name for the European herb Myrrhis odorata and for closely related American and Asian plants of the genus Osmorhiza, all of the family Umbelliferae (parsley family). Both sweet cicely plants are fragrant perennials having aromatic, licorice-flavored roots, once considered medicinal. They resemble the poison and water hemlocks but are usually distinguishable by their elongated, rather than rounded, seedlike fruits. The European sweet cicely, sometimes called myrrh, was formerly used for salads and greens, and an oil to polish oak was extracted from the seeds. Sweet cicely is classified in the division Magnoliophyta, class Magnoliopsida, order Apiales, family Umbelliferae.

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sweet cicely Or sweet chervil. A wild plant (Myrrhis odorata), the aniseed‐flavoured leaves are used to flavour fruit cups, fruit salads, and cooked fruit; the main root can be boiled, sliced, and used in salads.

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cic·e·ly / ˈsisilē/ (also sweet cicely) • n. (pl. -ies) an aromatic white-flowered plant (genera Myrrhis and Osmorhiza) of the parsley family, with fernlike leaves.

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cicely: see sweet cicely.

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