One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Any of several North American plants constituting the genus Thaspium (family Apiaceae (Umbelliferae)), with trifoliate leaves and chiefly yellow flowers.
2US (more fully "golden meadow parsnip"), golden alexanders, Zizia aurea.
Mid 16th century; earliest use found in William Turner (d. 1568), naturalist and religious controversialist.
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