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A plant of the parsley family, having its flowers arranged in umbels.
- ‘The airy structure of umbellifers makes them uniquely beautiful in death.’
- ‘This is why it is important to have a good cross-section of indigenous plants that will host predators, such as umbellifers like fennel and dill that attract hoverfly larvae that eat aphids.’
- ‘A tall, slow growing Mediterranean umbellifer that grows wild in Greece, it makes a good structural plant for a border, or as a specimen.’
- ‘The silphium plant, a sturdy umbellifer (though with some untypical features), was a regular Cyrenaic coin type for hundreds of years.’
Early 18th century: from obsolete French umbellifère, from Latin umbella ‘parasol’ + -fer ‘bearing’.
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