rad·ish | \ˈra-dish also ˈre- \

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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Purslane can also be sautéed gently along with kale and garlic or thrown into a hot pan of radishes, turnips and peas until just wilted and topped with lemon juice and olive oil. Ashleigh Spitza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Purslane may be growing in your lawn; for better health, put it in your diet," 10 July 2018 Turns out that radishes, like toddlers, are proud of their big bellies. Leah Eskin, chicagotribune.com, "Herb-flecked butter makes rich contrast to bite of radishes," 3 Apr. 2018 Add ginger, garlic, herbs, onion, and radish, and process until a chunky paste forms. Julia Thiel, Chicago Reader, "Food & Drink / Food Chain Dried scallops the key ingredient in chef C.J. Jacobson's 'Mediterranean XO sauce' [VIDEO]," 16 Apr. 2018 Drizzle the chimichurri around the plate and garnish with the watermelon radish. Nancy Miller, The Courier-Journal, "He never gets tired of the Hot Brown, but chef at The Brown Hotel is always looking ahead," 20 Mar. 2018 The damage the leafminers do to radish leaves doesn't prevent the radishes from growing nicely underground. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "26 Plants You Should Always Grow Side-By-Side," 3 Feb. 2017 Top with some of the seafood/avocado mixture, and garnish with remaining green onion, radishes, sesame seeds and cilantro. Susan Russo, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Avocado aficionado: Sam the Cooking Guy," 4 June 2018 Now Javier grows only a bit of lettuce, radishes, cauliflower, cabbage. Joe Mozingo, latimes.com, "One of L.A.'s oldest community gardens thrived for decades. Then the water wars began.," 4 June 2018 The accompaniments were stone-ground mustard, pickled radishes, peppers and slightly spicy apricots, homemade cream cheese and toast. Ina Pinkney, chicagotribune.com, "Interurban Boathouse, Frunchroom and Coffee Joint: Ina's best bets for breakfast this month," 23 May 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 \

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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