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carrot

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noun car·rot \ˈker-ət, ˈka-rət\

Simple Definition of carrot

  • : the long orange root of a plant that is eaten as a vegetable

  • : something that is offered as a reward or advantage to persuade a person to do something

Full Definition of carrot

  1. 1 :  a biennial herb (Daucus carota of the family Umbelliferae, the carrot family) with a usually orange spindle-shaped edible root; also :  its root

  2. 2 :  a reward or advantage offered especially as an inducement

Examples of carrot

  1. She chopped some carrots for the soup.

  2. He added some grated carrot to the soup.

  3. The company offered a carrot in the form of additional vacation time to workers who met their deadlines.



Origin of carrot

Middle French carotte, from Late Latin carota, from Greek karōton


First Known Use: 1533

Rhymes with carrot


CARROT Defined for Kids

carrot

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noun car·rot \ˈker-ət\

Definition of carrot

  1. :  a long orange root of a garden plant that is eaten as a vegetable




Medical Dictionary

carrot

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noun car·rot \ˈkar-ət\

Medical Definition of carrot

  1. :  a biennial plant of the genus Daucus (D. carota) that bears seeds which have been used especially as a diuretic and stimulant and that in cultivated varieties has a yellow or orange-red tapering root which is used as a vegetable; also :  its root





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