\ 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 In a mixing bowl, toss whole, raw beets in oil, salt and pepper to coat. cleveland, "Jar yourself out of culinary complacency with a fun, new skill: pickling," 19 May 2020 The menu includes a half chicken, whipped potatoes with cream gravy, sweet corn smoky green beans, house salad, pickled beets, biscuits, apple butter and brownie for dessert. Chris Sims, Indianapolis Star, "Planning Mother's Day brunch? Here are 25 restaurants with takeout deals near Indianapolis," 29 Apr. 2020 The North Berkeley Farmers’ Market was surprisingly bustling on Thursday afternoon, with farmers hawking petite cone cabbages, oyster mushrooms and golden beets. Janelle Bitker,, "Farmers’ markets are still open during coronavirus. But farmers’ livelihoods remain uncertain," 20 Mar. 2020 But the Leaky Cauldron offered a hearty ploughman’s lunch that included salad, cheeses, tomatoes and pickled beets. Jim Barnes, Washington Post, "At the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, conjuring a memorable family vacation," 7 Feb. 2020 Have something light with them, roasted beets, a fennel dish. Jeremy Meyer, The Know, "A beginners’ guide to pairing beer and food," 2 Oct. 2019 Potato tacos were a nice surprise, kale salads, roasted beet hummus with mini peppers to dip. Jasmin Perez, Sunset Magazine, "Best of the West: The Foods That Get Us Through," 7 Apr. 2020 Like a lunch of roasted beets from the garden with balls of labneh, a yogurt cheese, rolled in nuts and homegrown spices crushed into a custom duqqa. Dan Sadgrove, National Geographic, "THE BEST OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX," 6 Apr. 2020 When cooking, don’t forget the greens at the top of the beet. Washington Post, "7 ways to make beets taste as good as they look," 9 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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25 May 2020

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“Beet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 May. 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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