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a variety of beet, Beta vulgaris cicla, having leaves and leafstalks that are used as a vegetable.
a variety of beet, Beta vulgaris cicla, with large succulent leaves and thick stalks, used as a vegetable Also called Swiss chard, leaf beet, seakale beet

1650s, from French carde “chard” (14c.), perhaps via Provençal, from Latin carduus “thistle, artichoke” (see harsh).


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