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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And the Gilfeather rutabaga is a witty play on a classic baked potato, plied with ginger creme fraiche and chives. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "The best restaurants in Scottsdale and Paradise Valley," 1 July 2019 In addition to the more traditional pockets stuffed with ground beef and rutabaga, this local bakery offers vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free alternatives. Ashlea Halpern, Condé Nast Traveler, "Road Trip: 3 Days in Northern Michigan," 19 July 2018 In all Bay Area microclimates, carrot, beet, turnip, rutabaga and parsnip can be planted in late winter through spring and again in late summer. Pam Peirce,, "How Bay Area gardeners can grow their own soup," 1 June 2018 Simmer vegetables in that same broth—go rogue with butternut and collards, or rutabaga and kale—for an all-in-one meal. Sarah Jampel, Bon Appetit, "12 Crispy, Juicy Chicken Thigh Recipes That'll Save You From Yourself," 15 Feb. 2018 Add rutabaga, season with salt, and toss to combine. Bon Appetit, "Rutabaga Tacos with Greens and Queso Fresco," 26 Mar. 2018 The chicken, which again was extremely tender and juicy, and its accompanying creamy rutabaga, also was not piping hot. Marc Bona,, "Crop Bistro's grandeur is worth the trip to Ohio City restaurant," 20 Mar. 2018 It's served with mashed potatoes, a carrot and rutabaga puree seasoned with thyme and local honey. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Zingerman's Cornman Farms turns into traditional English pie shop for March," 12 Mar. 2018 Various other roots: Colorful beets, bins of rutabaga and a wide selection of turnips are ready to add sizzle to your salads and roasted dishes. Chuck Blount, San Antonio Express-News, "What’s in season now at S.A. farmers markets," 28 Feb. 2018

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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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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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