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

Examples of rutabaga in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His are made with rutabaga, which is slow-cooked, hot air fried in olive oil, and served either plain or with a variety of toppings. Mike Danahey,, 18 Mar. 2022 Brook trout with maitake mushroom, rutabaga, and dashi cream. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 22 Jan. 2022 Add rutabaga, season with smoked salt or sea salt, and add 2-3 tablespoons of water. Charlotte Druckman, WSJ, 5 Jan. 2022 Peel rutabaga and cut it into roughly ½-inch-by-1-inch batons. Charlotte Druckman, WSJ, 5 Jan. 2022 Direct seed root crops into garden beds: rutabaga, beets, carrots and turnips. Nan Sterman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Nov. 2021 Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrot, cauliflower, celery, Chinese cabbage, collard, endive, kale, kohlrabi, lettuce, mustard, onion, pea, radicchio, radish, rhubarb, rutabaga, spinach, Swiss chard and turnip. Tom Maccubbin,, 30 Oct. 2021 Plant broccoli, cauliflower, kale, cabbage, Brussels sprouts as transplants and lettuce, turnip, rutabaga, beets, radish and carrots by seed in the winter garden in September. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, 10 Sep. 2021 When the researchers presented just a few pieces of rutabaga, the elephant adeptly picked them up using the trunk’s grasping tips, according to Science News. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, 4 June 2021 See More

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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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“Rutabaga.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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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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