ru·​ta·​ba·​ga | \ ˌrü-tə-ˈbā-gə How to pronounce rutabaga (audio) , ˌru̇-, -ˈbe-; ˈrü-tə-ˌbā-, ˈru̇-, -ˌbe- \

Definition of rutabaga

: a turnip (Brassica napus napobrassica) that usually produces a large yellowish root that is eaten as a vegetable also : the root

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Recent Examples on the Web Expect to encounter three or four varieties (the menu is posted daily on the shop's Facebook page), one of which is the hearty, always-appealing mix of beef steak, potato, onion and rutabaga. Sharyn Jackson, Star Tribune, "5 best things our food writers ate in the Twin Cities this week," 12 Feb. 2021 Add the eggs, radish (or turnip or rutabaga), cabbage and tofu and return to a boil. Washington Post, "My family’s fragrant hongshao chicken stew delivers rich flavor and lovely memories," 9 Mar. 2021 Plant seeds of beets, carrots, collards, corn (late February), Swiss chard, Irish potatoes (plant whole or cut tubers), kohlrabi, lettuce, mustard, radish, rutabaga and turnips. Dan Gill,, "From beets to lettuce to turnips, it the right time to get started planting veggies," 3 Feb. 2021 Roast until tender and caramelized in places, about 25 to 30 minutes (the beets and rutabaga may take a little longer). Star Tribune, "Recipes from our favorite cookbooks: Winter Pilau With Beets, Cauliflower and Cilantro Chutney, Powdered Donut Cake," 9 Dec. 2020 Direct seed into the garden: rutabaga, beets, carrots, and turnips. Nan Sterman, San Diego Union-Tribune, "7 things to take care of in the garden in November," 7 Nov. 2020 Vegetables to plant in November include beet, cabbage, carrot, celery, collard, garlic, kale, kohlrabi, leek, lettuce, mustard, onion, parsnip, radish, rutabaga, shallot, spinach, Swiss chard, turnip. Dan Gill,, "Watch for beautiful wild flowers in bloom, plus tips on fall planting and harvesting," 4 Nov. 2020 Root or dense vegetables: Carrots, beets, potatoes, sweet potatoes, turnips, rutabaga, winter squash. Meredith Deeds Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "3 key strategies for making weeknight meals stress-free and tasty," 23 Sep. 2020 So Kenny the Jest, along with having egg on his face, wore splotches of banana puree and rutabaga. Scott Ostler,, "Sorry, Steph Curry, but Damian Lillard has taken over as Flavor of the Month," 19 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of rutabaga

1789, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rutabaga

Swedish dialect rotabagge, from rot root + bagge bag

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The first known use of rutabaga was in 1789

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30 Apr 2021

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“Rutabaga.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of rutabaga

US : a large, yellowish root vegetable that is a type of turnip


ru·​ta·​ba·​ga | \ ˈrü-tə-ˌbā-gə How to pronounce rutabaga (audio) \

Kids Definition of rutabaga

: a turnip with a large yellow root

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