cicely [sis-uh-lee] ExamplesWord Origin noun, plural cic·e·lies.
- a plant, Myrrhis odorata, of the parsley family, having a fragrant aroma and sometimes used as a potherb.
Origin of cicely 1590–1600; Latin seseli Greek séselis, séseli hartwort, respelling through influence of proper name Cicely Cicely [sis-uh-lee] noun
- a female given name, form of .
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Cicely Howe has been teasing me to stop over and go with her.
Annie Hamilton Donnell
Nothing was too large for Cicely’s good-will, nothing too small.
Mary Russell Mitford
“I sang to—to—my papa,” said Cicely—tears springing to her eyes.
After school was over he said to her, “Do you sing, Cicely?”
Cicely and Agnes were quite aware that their religious sentiments were alike.
Emily Sarah Holt
British Dictionary definitions for cicely cicely noun plural -lies
- short for
Word Origin for cicely C16: from Latin seselis, from Greek, of obscure origin; influenced in spelling by the English proper name Cicely Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Word Origin and History for cicely Cicely
fem. proper name, an alteration or nativization of. The plant (late 16c.) is Latin seselis, from Greek seselis.
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