\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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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 Put the beets in a bowl with a spoonful or two of the vinaigrette, toss, and place on top of the waffles, dividing between the two plates. Ellise Pierce, star-telegram, "Dinner, improvised: Cook up a quick, delicious meal without all of the work | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 8 May 2018 Kachka serves a vinagret salad with beets, potatoes, pickled carrots and sauerkraut. The Oregonian/oregonlive,, "Newspaper corrections for April 25, 2018," 25 Apr. 2018 Everything from the legume family is good; beets are fantastic, especially the greens... any dark, leafy green in general. Julia Black, Bon Appetit, "9 Ways to Stay Happy in Winter From People in the Coldest Places," 13 Jan. 2018 Love 'em or hate 'em — beets are a surprisingly delicious way to amp up a classic brownie recipe. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Delicious Dessert Recipes," 3 Jan. 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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