root cellar


Definition of root cellar

: a pit used for the storage especially of root crops

Examples of root cellar in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The root cause can be found all over the root cellar: the dust in Amish homes contained more bacterial molecules than did the Hutterites'. Steve Mirsky, Scientific American, "Our Health Depends on Our Homes and Work Spaces," 18 Aug. 2020 There is a 43-square-foot root cellar under the house. Lana Bortolot, New York Times, "House Hunting in France: A Self-Sufficient Home for $350,000," 18 Mar. 2020 People forget that, not so long ago, survival often depended on working tirelessly all year to fill root cellars so a family could last through a long, cold winter – and still many died. Stephanie Preston, The Conversation, "Your brain evolved to hoard supplies and shame others for doing the same," 27 Mar. 2020 Her remains were found in one of three root cellars on the property at Route 1, Box 114 B, Marbury. al, "‘Everybody deserves a name’: Woman’s identity remains a mystery 34 years after her murder," 13 Feb. 2020 Still, when the full moon lights up your root cellar, what’s a Gem to do but play a few old tapes?, "Minerva’s weekly horoscope, March 8," 8 Mar. 2020 Basement: Items that would be used in a root cellar for winter storage of root vegetables, canning supplies, butchering tools, smokehouse tools, winter bedding material/tools/cages for farm animals and farming tools. cleveland, "Historic artifacts needed for Cahoon Museum: Short Takes on Avon, Avon Lake and North Ridgeville," 29 Feb. 2020 Creamy new-crop potatoes deserve a little appreciation before they’re sent off to root cellars, and Mr. Hardy built a fine appetizer around them with leggy broccoli sprouts and melting chunks of fresh mozzarella spiked with anchovy. New York Times, "Legacy Records Looks for History in a Brand New Neighborhood," 19 June 2018 Some of the soups will be made from this winter's root cellar produce, featuring pumpkin and garden vegetable soup. Courant Community, "Community News For The Manchester Edition," 9 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of root cellar

1767, in the meaning defined above

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“Root cellar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of root cellar

chiefly US : a room or large hole in the ground where vegetables (such as potatoes and carrots) are kept

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