\ 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 Meanwhile, thinly slice turnips, celery, radishes, beet, and fennel. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Spice-Dusted Pork With Crunchy Vegetable Salad," 22 Jan. 2020 Then again, the autumnal union of sweet potato, beet and apple between slices of nutty-tasting bread is quietly satisfying, too. Washington Post, "Tom Sietsema’s 8 favorite place to eat right now," 22 Jan. 2020 The roasted beet and burrata appetizer introduced me to my first in-flight fennel, and when your taste buds are at a handicap, every herb counts. Sable Yong, Allure, "I Took the Longest Flight in the World to Experience Its Built-In Wellness Center," 28 Dec. 2019 The burger is topped with Cotswold pub cheese, micro-greens, pickles, beets and Brussels sprouts sauerkraut, and a charred onion ketchup aioli. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Casinos put the sizzle in red-hot burger trend," 8 Sep. 2019 One patty is a 50/50 blend of beef and mushrooms for $10.50, while another is a vegetarian option made of chickpeas, beets and more for $8.50. Josie Sexton, The Know, "A Denver burger spot wants to take on Shake Shack, In-N-Out with local, responsibly sourced beef," 29 Aug. 2019 Local bluefin tuna is chopped into a tartare with avocado, fennel, beets, and strawberry vinegar, which sounds like too much is going on in the dish, but tastes divine. Sheryl Julian,, "At Short & Main in Gloucester, the kitchen excels at many things, including local fish, roasted whole," 30 July 2019 Miller recommends allocating half of your garden space for typical summer crops like tomatoes, beans and cucumbers and the other half for cool season crops like kale, scallions, carrots, beets and lettuce., "Plant these vegetables now for Oregon’s fall harvest," 8 July 2019 Vegan bowls on the menu, either made with tofu or beets or roasted carrots and black bean dirty rice, are all $15. Justin Phillips,, "Indie Superette from Michael Mina opens in San Francisco’s Cow Hollow," 30 Jan. 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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The first known use of beet was before the 12th century

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17 Feb 2020

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“Beet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 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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