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I aim to use this blog to keep up my English and maybe give others some insights in Swedish language. It's not a diary - well not quite...

Hundkäx

Växter/PlantsPosted by Gunvor 2011-06-04 21:52:10

Hundkäx, Anthriscus silvestris, is ‘wild chervil’. (The plant that is, spelled kex it could mean ‘dog biscuit’: Hund is ‘dog’ and kex is ‘biscuit’ a loan from English: cakes.) But this käx is more difficult. It could be an old word meaning ‘hook’. Tarmkäx, ‘mesentery’ probably also contains this word.

Hundkäx is a weed, but it is lovely to look at too. There is an English name for it that is equally romantic: Queen Anne’s laces. That is used for this plant and other similar members of the Umbelliferae family such as wild carrots.