sugar beet

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sugar beet

noun

: a white beet that is grown for the sugar in its root

Full Definition of SUGAR BEET

:  a white-rooted beet grown for the sugar in its roots

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First Known Use of SUGAR BEET

1817

sugar beet

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Sugar beet (Beta vulgaris).—Grant Heilman

Variety of beet (Beta vulgaris) that accounts for about two-fifths of global sugar production, making it second only to sugarcane as a source of the world's sugar. Unlike sugarcane, sugar beets can be grown in temperate or cold climates in Europe, North America, and Asia; that is, within the densely populated, well-developed areas where much of the product is consumed. The sugar beet was grown as a garden vegetable and for fodder long before it was valued for its sugar content.

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