root cellar


Definition of root cellar 

: a pit used for the storage especially of root crops

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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 Previous projects have included work to build greenhouses, canning stations, root cellars, drip irrigation and garden fencing. Kimberly Albrecht,, "Column: Barrington church's mission trips help forge lifelong friendships," 22 Mar. 2018 The milk cellar was similar to a root cellar and was used to keep milk products cool. Peter Marteka,, "Impressive Views Reward Hikers On Farmington's Mountain Spring Nature Trail," 4 Mar. 2018 And, anyway, wasn’t the predominant issue in the last election the allegedly careless handling of classified material on a private email server down in the root cellars of Chappaqua? Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, "Remember When Mishandling Classified Info Was the Worst Thing Possible in 2016?," 9 Feb. 2018 The Rasmussens have treated the Cold War-era shelter as their son’s onetime drum studio and a sometime vegetable root cellar. Erin Grace, The Seattle Times, "Nebraska residents consider what to do in nuclear attack," 27 Jan. 2018 Mighty Mars in your root cellar is a potent charge to take action in the family togetherness department. Minerva, San Francisco Chronicle, "Minerva’s horoscope for week of Oct. 22," 22 Oct. 2017 Found in the root cellar of a fur trader’s house, the lock appears to have been attached to a small chest or trunk. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Lock Dating to Revolutionary War Period Found at Michigan Fort," 26 June 2017

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1767, in the meaning defined above

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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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to move with a clumsy heavy tread

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