root cellar


: a pit used for the storage especially of root crops

Examples of root cellar in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web By the 1980s, Masing had built up enough evidence to show that root cellars and ruins were a significant source of bat habitat. Corey Buhay, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 May 2024 At the time, Masing had begun researching another understudied hibernaculum: root cellars. Corey Buhay, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 May 2024 From the root cellar, however, no middleman was required. Luke Mogelson, The New Yorker, 8 Apr. 2024 The majority were sheltering in an underground root cellar in the back yard of another farmhouse. Luke Mogelson, The New Yorker, 8 Apr. 2024 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,, 26 Jan. 2024 Even the bathrooms are luxurious with high ceilings and marbled walls; a fancy wine library peers down into an old root cellar, a beacon of the home’s heritage. Jess Lander, San Francisco Chronicle, 8 May 2023 Soon, a new root cellar will be finished. The Guardian, Scientific American, 11 Nov. 2021 Growing up near Midway, her home had a root cellar and gardens were plentiful. Michelle Mullins, Chicago Tribune, 27 Mar. 2023

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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 29 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

root cellar

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