noun \ˈra-dish also ˈre-\

: a small, round vegetable that is red or white, is eaten raw in salads, and has a sharp spicy taste; also : the plant that produces this vegetable

Full Definition of RADISH

:  the pungent usually crisp root of a widely cultivated Eurasian plant (Raphanus sativus) of the mustard family usually eaten raw; also :  a plant that produces radishes

Origin of RADISH

Middle English, alteration of Old English rædic, from Latin radic-, radix root, radish — more at root
First Known Use: 15th century

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noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Radish (Raphanus sativus, variety radicula).—Ingmar Holmasen

Annual or biennial plant (Raphanus sativus) of the mustard family, probably of Oriental origin, grown for its large, succulent root. Low in calories and high in bulk, radishes have a sharp taste and are usually eaten raw. The shape of the edible portion of the root varies greatly, as does the color (from white through pink to red, purple, and black). Radishes may weigh only a few ounces (U.S. and European varieties) or, in the case of the Japanese daikon, more than 2 lbs (1 kg).


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