tur·​nip | \ ˈtər-nəp How to pronounce turnip (audio) \

Definition of turnip

1a : either of two biennial herbs of the mustard family with thick edible roots:
(1) : one (Brassica rapa rapifera) with globular often flattened roots and leaves that are cooked as a vegetable
(2) : rutabaga
b : the root of a turnip
2 : a large pocket watch

Examples of turnip in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This was something that impressed hicks like me, still brushing off hay from the trip on the turnip truck to the Cities: a McDonald's with a second floor. Star Tribune, "The Dinkytown McDonald's has closed: Remembering the U of M's golden arches," 17 Dec. 2020 Plant winter root vegetable seeds now: beets, turnip, radish, carrots, rutabagas, parsnips. Nan Sterman, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Check off these December garden chores for a parade of blooms in spring," 5 Dec. 2020 During the promotion, players will be able to collect 1,000 bells for each turnip. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "Here’s how to find ‘Animal Crossing’s’ best turnip prices ever," 23 Oct. 2020 Jessica Amado, a rising senior at Rutgers University, said that playing the turnip market taught her the importance of taking profits — before prices fall. Berber Jin, Bloomberg.com, "How ‘Animal Crossing’ Is Preparing Players to Trade Stocks," 7 Oct. 2020 Jack's crude lantern gave way to a turnip carving tradition in Ireland, which morphed into pumpkin carving after immigrants brought the tradition to America. Martha Sorren, Woman's Day, "The History of Halloween Goes Far Beyond Tricks and Treats," 27 July 2020 But time-traveling also carries a risk involving the game’s real cash crop: turnips. Alexis Ong, Ars Technica, "How Animal Crossing’s fake industries let players afford real rent amid COVID-19," 6 May 2020 Like many savvy businesspeople these days, Elijah Wood is just trying to sell his turnips at the best price. Omar Sanchez, EW.com, "Here's how Elijah Wood ended up on a stranger's island on Animal Crossing," 23 Apr. 2020 Add salt to the pot of boiling water and cook the turnip tops. Alisha Prakash, Travel + Leisure, "18 Italian Hotel Chefs Share Their Favorite Recipes to Help You Get a Taste of Italy at Home," 6 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of turnip

1533, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for turnip

Middle English turnepe, probably from turnen to turn + nepe neep; from the well-rounded root

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“Turnip.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/turnip. Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of turnip

: a round, light-colored root of a plant that is eaten as a vegetable also : the plant that produces such a root


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Kids Definition of turnip

: the thick white or yellow root of a plant related to the cabbage that is cooked and eaten as a vegetable

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