\ ˈbēt \

Definition of beet

: a biennial garden plant (Beta vulgaris) of the goosefoot family that includes several cultivars (such as Swiss chard and sugar beet) and that has thick edible leaves with long petioles and often swollen purplish-red roots also : its root used especially as a vegetable, as a source of sugar, or for forage

Examples of beet in a Sentence

I've planted carrots, parsnips, and beets in the garden.

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The spiralized veggies in this tangled beet salad are ideal for practicing your twirling skills. Danielle Page, USA TODAY, "Inventive summer salads for a fresh take on dinner," 2 July 2018 Serves 4 Use a variety of beets for various colors and levels of sweetness. Lesley Porcelli, House Beautiful, "Roasted Beets with Mint Recipe," 1 Nov. 2010 This cleanser contains vegan lactic acid (derived from beets) that gently exfoliates, and seaweed that hydrates and balances for a glowing AF complexion. Kara Wahlgren, Seventeen, "8 Tricks for Getting Rid of Pimples (Almost) Overnight," 9 July 2018 Don’t pass up the Mangelwurzel, which uses local red beets in the fermentation process. Matt Jaffe, Los Angeles Magazine, "Drinking Up the Local Flavor (and Wine) in Paso Robles," 30 Apr. 2018 Holmes’ favorites involve black beans and beets and lentils. Emily Dreyfuss, WIRED, "In Defense of the Vegan Hot Dog," 4 July 2018 Seeds were procured for favorite tomatoes, must-have herbs, the perfect beet greens, a myriad of pepper varieties, and many more treasures. Country Living, "The Ultimate Kitchen Garden," 12 Sep. 2011 Trim and peel the beets, then cut in half through the stem end. Jeanmarie Brownson,, "Pack up a picnic of Spanish tapas to feed a crowd," 3 July 2018 This retains the leaves necessary, for instance, to build up the beets. Ellen Nibali,, "Garden Q&A: How to control a leafminer attack," 24 May 2018

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First Known Use of beet

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for beet

Middle English bete, from Old English bēte, from Latin beta

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English Language Learners Definition of beet

: a garden plant with thick leaves and a rounded red root

: the rounded red root of the beet plant that is eaten as a vegetable


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Kids Definition of beet

1 : a leafy plant with a thick juicy root that is used as a vegetable or as a source of sugar
2 : the root of a beet plant

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