ar·ti·choke /ˈɑɚtəˌtʃoʊk/ noun plural ar·ti·chokes
a vegetable with thick, pointed leaves ◊The artichoke consists of a soft middle part surrounded by small, thick leaves. The middle, known as the heart of the artichoke, and the bottom part of the leaves are eaten after being cooked.
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; see also jerusalem artichoke