parsnip

noun
pars·​nip | \ ˈpär-snəp How to pronounce parsnip (audio) \

Definition of parsnip

: a Eurasian biennial herb (Pastinaca sativa) of the carrot family with large pinnate leaves and yellow flowers that is cultivated for its long tapered whitish root which is cooked as a vegetable also : the root

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The word parsnip was borrowed into Middle English in the 14th century as a modification of the Old French word pasnaie, itself derived from the Latin noun pastinaca, meaning "parsnip" or "carrot." The scientific name for the parsnip, "Pastinaca sativa," still reflects this history. "Pastinaca," in turn, traces back to "pastinum," a Latin word for a small gardening tool used to make holes in the ground for the insertion of plants, seeds, or bulbs. "Parsnip" may also remind you of the name of another edible root, "turnip," and there's a possible explanation for the resemblance. The Middle English spelling of "parsnip" ("passenep") may have been influenced by "nepe," the old form of "turnip."

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And the pasta tasting menu, which includes a killer pappardelle bolognese and black tagliatelle with parsnips and pancetta, is worth the splurge. Alex Van Buren, Condé Nast Traveler, "20 Best Italian Restaurants in New York," 27 Feb. 2018 Menu: 1 shrimp broth, 1 parsnip soup, 1 Cobb salad, 1 salmon BLT, 1 crème brûlée, 2 coffees. Fox, Town & Country, "A Table for Mr. Fox," 21 Nov. 2012 Glazebrook had previously set the world records for the heaviest parsnip, longest carrot and longest beetroot. Olivia Putnal, Woman's Day, "10 Larger-Than-Life Thanksgiving Staples," 16 Nov. 2010 In food processor fitted with large grating disk, grate potatoes, parsnips, and onion (or use large holes of box grater). The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Parsnip-Potato Latkes with Quick Sautéed Apples," 27 Nov. 2018 Common culprits behind this reaction include citrus fruits (limes, lemons, oranges, grapefruit), celery, carrots, wild parsnip, dill, and parsley, as well as fig and fig leaves. Zahra Barnes, SELF, "Beware of Phytophotodermatitis, The Weird Sun Reaction That Could Definitely Ruin Your Summer," 18 Aug. 2018 Add carrots, fennel and parsnip and cook, stirring, 3 minutes. Tiffani Thiessen, Good Housekeeping, "Creamy Chicken Potpies," 9 Oct. 2018 However, Steingold’s latkes—crisp circles stuffed with potato and the nutty sweetness of parsnip—make a good case as a roe delivery mechanism too. Michael Nagrant, RedEye Chicago, "Steingold's is the Jewish deli of the future," 3 Dec. 2017 Accompanying the meat were vegetables, such as carrots, parsnips, fingerling potatoes, cauliflower and broccoli rabe. Lauren Delgado, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Enzo's Hideaway offers Italian fare paired with prohibition-style cocktails," 14 July 2018

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First Known Use of parsnip

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for parsnip

Middle English passenep, modification of Old French pasnaie, from Latin pastinaca, from pastinum 2-pronged dibble

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parsnip

noun

English Language Learners Definition of parsnip

: a vegetable that is the long white root of a plant related to the carrot

parsnip

noun
pars·​nip | \ ˈpär-snəp How to pronounce parsnip (audio) \

Kids Definition of parsnip

: the long white root of a garden plant that is cooked as a vegetable

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