Definition of asparagus in English:

asparagus

noun

  • 1A tall plant of the lily family with fine feathery foliage, cultivated for its edible shoots.

    • ‘The best way to start an asparagus patch is by planting the asparagus crowns or roots.’
    • ‘The pumpkins are flowering, the asparagus is ready to rest.’
    • ‘Early spring is the best time to plant asparagus, but late fall is almost as good.’
    • ‘Snap the woody ends off the asparagus stalks, rinse them well, and dry them thoroughly with paper towels.’
    • ‘Hose it down to reduce the salt levels and use as a mulch on plants such as asparagus or add it to the compost heap.’
    • ‘It's a good time to plant asparagus in a well-prepared bed.’
    • ‘If the asparagus is fresh, then snap the stalks where they bend, otherwise cut.’
    • ‘Later in the spring, they can be found all over the asparagus plants but usually they do only minor damage.’
    • ‘Perennials, such as artichokes, asparagus and rhubarb are also sold in bare-root form.’
    • ‘He worked hard, raised a family and saved enough money to buy a small asparagus farm of his own.’
    • ‘Despite the admirable longevity of an established asparagus bed, the plants get off to a slow start.’
    • ‘To grow good crowns, vigorous seed should be planted in soil that has never grown asparagus.’
    • ‘If not cut for food, the shoots that give rise to the spears each year eventually become the ferns of the asparagus plant.’
    • ‘The perennial raised bed will be their home for the next 20 years or so, and it needed considerable attention to get it ready for the asparagus.’
    • ‘Seed placement is also critical because the roots of asparagus plants grow only below the seed.’
    • ‘You can plant asparagus right in your garden or in the middle of a lawn.’
    • ‘Asparagus beetles tend to shy away from asparagus when tomatoes, parsley or basil are planted nearby.’
    • ‘A member of the lily family, asparagus is also related to onions, leeks and garlic.’
    • ‘Tilling the soil disperses asparagus seeds and encourages quick germination.’
    • ‘Were he to live in Ireland, damper by far than his Norfolk base, he'd grow lots more asparagus and globe artichokes.’
    • ‘Does your mouth water when your neighbors harvest their first asparagus while yours is mere shoots?’
    1. 1.1 The tender young shoots of the asparagus, eaten as a vegetable and considered a delicacy.
      • ‘Spoon a portion of the fondue on top of the asparagus and garnish with the basil leaves.’
      • ‘However, the much thinner shoots of wild asparagus are often edible and are still eaten.’
      • ‘My poached asparagus and ricotta looked rather minimalist on the white porcelain plate when it arrived.’
      • ‘Arrange the asparagus tips and sauteed porcini mushrooms around the filets.’
      • ‘Toss the asparagus in the oil and vinegar, and season with salt and pepper.’
      • ‘My sea bass was faultless and came surrounded by tender asparagus and spirals of vinaigrette.’
      • ‘Divide the asparagus between four dinner plates and arrange the tomatoes and haloumi on top.’
      • ‘Spoon a portion of the potatoes in the center of the plate and arrange the asparagus to one side.’
      • ‘I like to serve this with wilted spinach and steamed asparagus spears.’
      • ‘Pour the marinade over the asparagus and place in the refrigerator for two hours.’
      • ‘The appearance of thin, young asparagus spears in the market is a sure-fire sign of spring.’
      • ‘Lightly brush the asparagus with butter and sprinkle with the pepper mix.’
      • ‘Place the asparagus in a shallow bowl and cover with the grapeseed oil.’
      • ‘Good sources of folate include oranges, green leafy vegetables, asparagus and cantaloupe melon.’
      • ‘Remove the asparagus from the water and immediately dress it with a little softened butter and thin slices of the cheese.’
      • ‘With their skillful hands they even made the asparagus and peas taste good.’
      • ‘I fed the crew pork chops with sage and prosciutto in a white wine sauce and an asparagus and gruyere tart last night.’
      • ‘Combine the corn with steamed green vegetables like asparagus and offer baked potatoes to ensure the children don't go hungry.’
      • ‘Reheat the asparagus and broad beans with a little butter and arrange all the elements on the plate with the tomatoes.’
      • ‘The tender, juicy asparagus provides a counterpoint to the fried food.’

Origin

Mid 16th century: via Latin from Greek asparagos.

Pronunciation:

asparagus

/əˈsperəɡəs/