rad·​ish | \ ˈra-dish also ˈre- How to pronounce radish (audio) \

Definition of radish

: the pungent usually crisp root of a widely cultivated Eurasian plant (Raphanus sativus) of the mustard family usually eaten raw also : a plant that produces radishes

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Farmers have cultivated the Peruvian plant for more than 3,000 years in the Andes mountains, but the radish relative has recently popped up in everything from lattes and smoothies to capsules and even beauty products. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Does Maca Powder Have Health Benefits for Women? Here's What the Science Says," 14 Jan. 2019 Dipping vegetables 1 watermelon radish 1 celery stick 1 cucumber 1 yellow beet 1 striped beet Thinly slice the vegetables and spread them on a serving board. Veronica Hinke, chicagotribune.com, "Tips to put together the perfect picnic this summer," 20 June 2018 Dip in mildly hot-sweet gochjang paste made from sun-dried and fermented chiles before gnawing off the bone with bites of banchan, little side dishes of kimchi, fish cake strips, cucumber and shredded carrot salad in kimchi sauce and pickled radish. Linda Bladholm, miamiherald, "This Korean mom-and-pop restaurant in a Doral strip mall is the real deal | Miami Herald," 16 Mar. 2018 Green salad should always be seasoned at the last minute, but radishes should be seasoned when they are sliced. Multiple Authors, House Beautiful, "Simple Spicy Radish Salad Recipe," 5 Aug. 2010 Garnish with mint, parsley and radishes for crunch. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "The Easiest Way to Eat More Healthy Fish," 16 Jan. 2019 From filet mignon sandwiches and lobster rolls to pretty slices of watermelon radishes in place of chips with guacamole, there are easy ways to make your July 4 picnic – or any picnic – really sparkle. Veronica Hinke, chicagotribune.com, "Tips to put together the perfect picnic this summer," 20 June 2018 Slices of colorful watermelon radishes, along with crispy puffed wild rice and toasted pumpkin seeds finish the dish. Sarah Fritsche, SFChronicle.com, "5 showstopping salads for the 4th of July," 3 July 2018 Serve with lettuce leaves, steamed rice, cucumbers, radishes, and/or pickles. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, "Struggling to use up the salmon in your freezer from last year? We’re here to help.," 6 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of radish

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for radish

Middle English, alteration of Old English rædic, from Latin radic-, radix root, radish — more at root

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English Language Learners Definition of radish

: a small, round vegetable that is red or white, is eaten raw in salads, and has a sharp spicy taste also : the plant that produces this vegetable


rad·​ish | \ ˈra-dish How to pronounce radish (audio) \

Kids Definition of radish

: a small roundish crisp root that has a sharp flavor and is usually eaten raw as a vegetable

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