\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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Vegetable plates begin at $14 (slow roasted beets). Donald Liebenson,, "Ravinia's new dining options include Lawn Bar," 26 June 2018 Also finding favor was a salad made of Boston lettuce, roasted beets, figs and goat cheese, finished off with a subtly tangy citrus vinaigrette. Tim Smith,, "Exceptional food, pleasant setting at Kings Contrivance Restaurant," 17 May 2018 Whatever the case, Shake Shack, which has three Arizona locations (Phoenix Uptown Plaza, Scottsdale Fashion Square and Kierland Commons), has introduced the Veggie Shack made with black beans, brown rice and roasted beets. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "Shake Shack introduces new veggie burger," 26 Apr. 2018 The National Exemplar offers a three-course meal on February 14, including choices such as strawberry and beet salad, rainbow trout, dry-aged lamb with chimichurri, chocolate pot de creme. Polly Campbell,, "Valentine's Day specials planned at local restaurants; find a deal in the Cincinnati area," 31 Jan. 2018 This week it’s egg and cheese sandwiches every day, but other times it’s avocado, beets, berries, or yogurt. Laura Schwecherl, SELF, "13 Athletes Share How They Recover After a Tough Workout," 14 July 2018 Diced carrots, shredded beets, spinach greens or others would be welcome at this party. Anna Thomas Bates, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "On a hot day, this quinoa salad can cool you down - without overheating your kitchen," 11 July 2018 BEETsteak Burger - Marinated beet, pickled red onion, leaf lettuce, tomato, shoots, chipotle mayo, extra virgin olive oil and sea salt on an olive oil brioche bun. Debbi Snook,, "Chef Jose Andres' concept headlines new Cleveland Clinic food court (photos)," 10 May 2018 The company has 32 patents to develop bacteria which transforms sugar found in corn, beet, wheat straw and wood chips into isobutene, a hydrocarbon usually derived from oil, which ended up in the Audi engine., "Your Regular Audi Could Run on Straw Soon," 17 Apr. 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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