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."

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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