noun pars·nip \ˈpär-snəp\

: a vegetable that is the long white root of a plant related to the carrot

Full Definition of PARSNIP

:  a Eurasian biennial herb (Pastinaca sativa) of the carrot family with large pinnate leaves and yellow flowers that is cultivated for its long tapered edible root which is cooked as a vegetable; also :  the root

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Origin of PARSNIP

Middle English passenep, modification of Old French pasnaie, from Latin pastinaca, from pastinum 2-pronged dibble
First Known Use: 14th century


geographical name

Definition of PARSNIP

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May 23, 2015
debouch Hear it
to emerge or cause to emerge
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