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

Examples of radish in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Fresh ricotta from a Pennsylvania farm figures into one of the other non-pizza dishes offered on the menu: a small salad consisting of the cheese, thinly sliced radishes and slivers of apple, perked up with a blend of zesty vinaigrette, fresh mint and flaky sea salt. Sonia Rao, Washington Post, 16 Apr. 2024 Serve the slices over a romaine salad that's flavored with pickled radishes and a honey dressing. 19 of 23 Corn and Blueberry Salad View Recipe Showcase the season's best in this easy summer salad. Andrea Beck, Better Homes & Gardens, 4 Apr. 2024 It’s all topped with a fresh carrot salsa, cumin aioli and some crunchy radish and bright cilantro. Rachel Bernhard, Journal Sentinel, 2 Apr. 2024 The Santa Monica Mountains provided a striking backdrop to tables heaped with cabbages and carrots and vibrant purple radishes at the Topanga Farmers Market, a weekly event that just made its first appearance under new direction and since closing down in 2018. Stephanie Breijo, Los Angeles Times, 8 Mar. 2024 Add the remaining cucumbers, radishes and orange supremes on top. Pati Jinich, San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 Jan. 2024 Any type of radish will work but, for a really vibrant salad, look for the many brilliant varieties of daikon radish available at many farmers’ markets now. David Tanis, San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Mar. 2024 This dish serves the radishes and their greens with farro, balsamic vinegar and feta cheese. Aaron Hutcherson, Washington Post, 4 Mar. 2024 Add radishes, dill, and remaining dressing: Before serving, gently stir in radishes, remaining fresh dill, and remaining dressing. Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 17 Feb. 2024

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Word History


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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of radish was in the 15th century

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“Radish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/radish. Accessed 25 Apr. 2024.

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rad·​ish ˈrad-ish How to pronounce radish (audio)
: the crisp edible root of a plant related to the mustards that is usually eaten raw as a vegetable
also : a plant that produces radishes

Old English rædic "radish," from Latin radic-, radix "root" — related to eradicate, radical see Word History at radical

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