sugar beet


Definition of sugar beet

: a white-rooted beet grown for the sugar in its roots

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Examples of sugar beet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Next, sugar beet juice also lowers the temperature of ice. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "There must be a better way to melt that ice slick on your walkway. Here are some ideas.," 12 Nov. 2020 The district is the biggest sugar beet producer in the U.S. Kim Chipman,, "Republicans Aim to Flip Minnesota Blue-Dog Democrat’s House Seat," 9 Oct. 2020 In the European Union, among the world’s largest producers, challenging weather conditions and a particularly destructive crop virus ravaged sugar beet production this season. Orla Mccaffrey, WSJ, "Sugar Touches Seven-Month High," 6 Oct. 2020 The Queen’s other private estate, Sandringham, on the English east coast, holds some fertile farming land where a range of cash crops are grown, from barley and oats to beans and sugar beet, as well as exotic black truffles. David Mcclure, Town & Country, "The High Cost of Queen Elizabeth’s Country Homes," 19 Sep. 2020 In 1902, Southern California’s booming sugar beet industry braced to supply 165,000,000 pounds of sugar to the Pacific Coast states. Yxta Maya Murray, Longreads, "Fire/Flood: A Southern California Pastoral," 19 Aug. 2020 The Grand Island beef plant opened in 1965 in a sugar beet farming area. Michael Grabell, ProPublica, "What Happened When Health Officials Wanted to Close a Meatpacking Plant, but the Governor Said No," 7 May 2020 For 150 years the Buscall family has tended the land, growing wheat, barley and sugar beets. NBC News, "Who's set to win when U.K. leaves EU? Wild ponies," 3 May 2020 Wet and cold weather had the mostly unheard-of effect of harming both sugar beet crops in Northern states and sugar cane crops in Southern states. Washington Post, "Baltimore’s Domino plant is working overtime as raw sugar pours in from Mexico," 29 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of sugar beet

1817, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sugar beet was in 1817

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24 Nov 2020

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“Sugar beet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of sugar beet

: a white beet that is grown for the sugar in its root

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Kids Definition of sugar beet

: a large beet with white roots that is grown as a source of sugar

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