Meaning of artichoke

ar•ti•choke

Pronunciation: (är'ti-chōk"), [key]
— n.
  1. a tall, thistlelike composite plant, Cynara scolymus, native to the Mediterranean region, of which the numerous scalelike bracts and receptacle of the immature flower head are eaten as a vegetable.
  2. the large, rounded, closed flower head itself.
  3. SeeAlso called
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