root cellar


: a pit used for the storage especially of root crops

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Part of the plan is to rent a room from Marva Munson (Irma P. Hall) and utilize her root cellar in their plot. Tim Moffatt,, 16 Dec. 2022 Uses for an outdoor root cellar are still under consideration. Paris Wolfe, cleveland, 14 Dec. 2022 The mural leads down into the root cellar of the historic site. Benjamin Wells, Journal Sentinel, 29 Sep. 2022 In a peaceful time, a typical Ukrainian root cellar is an underground structure that’s used as an alternative to a refrigerator for storing crops, preserves and ferments. Anna Voloshyna, Washington Post, 17 June 2022 All that remains of the camp are some log foundations and a root cellar, which has been turned into a rough bunk house dubbed the Hillbilly Hilton. Chelsey Lewis, Journal Sentinel, 23 June 2022 But some hikes also feature unusual treats: a boulder shaped like an elephant's head, the fuselage of a small airplane, an old root cellar converted into a resting place for hikers. Chelsey Lewis, Journal Sentinel, 23 June 2022 Instead, store your potatoes in a cool, humid place, ideally between 38 and 42 degrees Fahrenheit and between 80% to 90% humidity, such as a basement or root cellar. Mike Rose, cleveland, 6 Apr. 2022 My grandma and her sister hid from bombs in a neighbor’s root cellar as young girls. Washington Post, 23 Feb. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1767, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of root cellar was in 1767

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“Root cellar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

root cellar

: an underground storage area for vegetables and especially those (as carrots) with enlarged roots
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