One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Celery of a variety which forms a large swollen turnip-like root which can be eaten cooked or raw.
- ‘In this street market, celeriac, parsley root, arugula and frisée were available.’
- ‘I had the scallops with creamed celeriac and apples with sauce nero.’
- ‘The barley and the remaining diced, cooked carrot, turnip and celeriac can now be added.’
- ‘The winter ratatouille of butternut squash and celeriac was in fact just big chunks of undercooked carrots.’
- ‘More recently, celery breeding has been directed toward tolerance to a new strain of the same disease, and most of these varieties are crosses with celeriac.’
Mid 18th century: from celery + an arbitrary use of -ac.
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