beet

noun
\ 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

They were made from botanical substances such as beet juice or onion skins. Arricca Elin Sansone, Country Living, "The History of Easter Eggs and Why They're Decorated," 25 Feb. 2019 In the fragrant outdoor garden, sip an elixir carmín, a root-and-bark infusion of apple, guava, and beet. Michaela Trimble, Vogue, "An Insider’s Guide to Chapinero Alto, the Williamsburg of Bogotá," 12 Apr. 2019 Crunch: Nuts and croutons, obviously, but other options include crisp apples, raw root vegetables such as diced kohlrabi, shredded beets, carrot curls and paper-thin radish slices. Jeanmarie Brownson, charlotteobserver, "Hungry for salad season? Citrus salads will get you through | Charlotte Observer," 17 Apr. 2018 Dacha’s borsch is chunky and rich, with a tiny vinegar-and-lemon bite to even out the sweetness of the beets. Bethany Jean Clement, The Seattle Times, "Feels like family: Seattle’s Dacha Diner might be your new favorite place," 29 Mar. 2019 Chop beets, carrots and sweet potatoes into 1-inch pieces. Caron Golden, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Inspiring tomorrow’s home cooks," 12 Mar. 2018 But everyone munched happily away, stuffing down beet and cassava and then stealing one another’s water bottles. Tamar Adler, Vogue, "Is Healthy Snack Food Actually Healthy—or Just Addictive?," 18 Jan. 2019 Offerings have ranged from a beet-and-goat-cheese Danish to a crème brûlée one. Charles Passy, WSJ, "The New York Danish Faces a Danish Invasion," 19 Jan. 2019 The beet and kale salads are worthy pairings for the sliders on the menu. Lindsey Mcclave, The Courier-Journal, "Oskar's fills a food void in Louisville we didn't know we had | Review," 4 July 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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beet

noun

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

beet

noun
\ ˈbēt How to pronounce beet (audio) \

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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