noun British Dialect.
- the dry, usually hollow stem or stalk of various plants, especially of large plants belonging to the parsley family, as cow parsnip or wild chervil.
- any of several large hollow-stemmed umbelliferous plants, such as cow parsnip and chervil
- the dried stalks of any of these plants
“dry, hollow plant stem,” late 14c., of uncertain origin. Klein says ultimately from Latin cicuta “hemlock.”