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 Visitors can discover 600 million-year-old fossils, spectacular rock formations, traditional root cellar farming, and learn about geopark conservation and history., 25 Aug. 2021 Potatoes and turnips from the root cellar sold out, as did fettuccine and sourdough bread crafted from organic grains grown and milled on the farm. Jennifer Oldham Washington Post, Star Tribune, 5 Mar. 2021 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, 18 Aug. 2020 There is a 43-square-foot root cellar under the house. Lana Bortolot, New York Times, 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, 27 Mar. 2020 Her remains were found in one of three root cellars on the property at Route 1, Box 114 B, Marbury. al, 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?, 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, 29 Feb. 2020

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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 25 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of root cellar

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


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