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Celeriac \Ce*le"ri*ac\, n. (Bot.) Turnip-rooted celery, a from of celery with a large globular root, which is used for food.


n. A form of celery, ''Apium graveolens'', having an aromatic taproot eaten as a vegetable.

  1. n. grown for its thickened edible aromatic root [syn: celery root, knob celery, root celery, turnip-rooted celery, Apium graveolens rapaceum]

  2. thickened edible aromatic root of a variety of celery plant [syn: celery root]


Celeriac (Apium graveolens var. rapaceum), also called turnip-rooted celery or knob celery, is a variety of celery cultivated for its edible roots, hypocotyl, and shoots. It is sometimes called celery root.

It was mentioned in Homer's Odyssey as selinon.

Celeriac is a root vegetable with a bulbous hypocotyl. In the Mediterranean Basin and in Northern Europe, celeriac grows wild and is widely cultivated. It is also cultivated in North Africa, Siberia, Southwest Asia, and North America. In North America, the Diamant cultivar predominates. Celeriac originated in the Mediterranean Basin.

Usage examples of "celeriac".

I ate it ravenously, and with it new bread and salt butter, celeriac and salsify, and red wine.

Herbert Gaines dropped peppers, tomatoes, celeriac and sliced apple into his blender.