\ ˈbēt How to pronounce beet (audio) \

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.
Recent Examples on the Web The bialys eventually will be sold whole by the half-dozen along with cream cheese and spreads, such as beet that's roasted in the oven's embers. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "At Milwaukee food trailer Flour Girl & Flame, pizza's to go and so is the wood-fire oven," 22 Oct. 2020 To the uninitiated, borscht is a humble, reddish beet soup, often served with a generous dollop of sour cream on top. Washington Post, "Ukraine seeks U.N. cultural status for beloved borscht. A culinary spat with Russia could be brewing.," 21 Oct. 2020 In a serving bowl, stir the shredded beet and carrot together. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Vivid slaw tosses in beets and apples for a fresh, tangy crunch," 21 Oct. 2020 With the duck, there’s a savory hoisin and ginger sauce as well as a memorable beet rose sauce inspired by Mediterranean flavors, a region for centuries connected to China by the Silk Road. Christina Tkacik,, "Review: Pichet Ong’s NiHao is like noplace else in Baltimore," 9 Oct. 2020 Smith talked about a woman who had diverticulitis and suffered for nine years until Smith’s beet kvass gave her the relief nothing else could. Georgann Yara, The Arizona Republic, "Phoenix company delivers local, fermented foods and products to doorsteps amid pandemic," 1 Oct. 2020 My friend Holly De Ruyter of Madison uses walnuts to cut down on cost and might sneak in carrot tops, beet tops, arugula, garlic scapes and more. Mary Bergin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Breakfast salads, vegetable desserts: A year in a CSA changes her meal plan, fills her freezer," 29 Sep. 2020 On a second rimmed baking sheet, toss beans and grated beet with 1 tablespoon oil and salt and fresh-ground pepper, then spread the mixture into one layer. Beth Segal, cleveland, "Veggie Burger 2.0: Better than beef? It’s possible!," 27 Aug. 2020 Refill pickled beet and kosher dill pickle appetizer bowls to their brims. Dick Schwartz, Star Tribune, "Summer memories: Jobs my father got me — and one other," 4 Sep. 2020

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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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28 Oct 2020

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“Beet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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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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