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Asparagus beetle Explained

Asparagus beetle at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Asparagus \As*par"a*gus\, n. [L., fr. Gr. ?, ?; cf. ? to swell
with sap or juice, and Zend ?paregha prong, sprout, Pers.
asparag, Lith. spurgas sprout, Skr. sphurj to swell. Perh.
the Greek borrowed from the Persian. Cf. {Sparrowgrass}.]
1. (Bot.) A genus of perennial plants belonging to the
natural order {Liliace[ae]}, and having erect much
branched stems, and very slender branchlets which are
sometimes mistaken for leaves. {Asparagus racemosus} is a
shrubby climbing plant with fragrant flowers.
Specifically: The {Asparagus officinalis}, a species
cultivated in gardens.

2. The young and tender shoots of {A. officinalis}, which
form a valuable and well-known article of food.

Note: This word was formerly pronounced sparrowgrass; but
this pronunciation is now confined exclusively to
uneducated people.

{Asparagus beetle} (Zo["o]l.), a small beetle ({Crioceris
asparagi}) injurious to asparagus.