tur·nip | \ˈtər-nəp \

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

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The turnips and carrots belong with a bowl of white rice and a quick miso-ginger sauce drizzled over it all. Christina Chaey, Bon Appetit, "I Let My Steamer Basket Decide What I Should Make for Dinner," 25 June 2018 Baby hakurei turnips and snappy black trumpet mushrooms gave an earthiness to the early spring version. Craig Laban, Philly.com, "Storied Bucks County inn now a destination for dinner," 3 May 2018 Bean says lots of new veggies are appearing at the Arctic Organics stand this week, including zucchini, snow apple turnips, rainbow chard and mustard greens. Steve Edwards, Anchorage Daily News, "Last week’s warm weather means more local veggies at farmers markets this week," 11 July 2018 Produce, including garlic, onions, cauliflower, cabbage, turnips, beets, radishes, peas, sweet corn, potatoes, squash, celery, cucumbers, bananas, pineapples, strawberries, peaches, cherries, grapes, oranges and raspberries. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "Taxing oxygen? It could happen. President Trump threatens wide-ranging tariffs on China," 11 July 2018 There's still time to plant other greens, such as mustard, collard and turnip. Dan Gill, NOLA.com, "This week's gardening tips: plant lettuce and clean out aquatic garden," 24 Feb. 2018 Adding a few weeks to each end of the growing season can buy you enough time to grow yet another succession crop—say a planting of leaf lettuce, kale, or turnips—or to harvest more end-of-the-season tomatoes. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "7 Secrets For A High-Yield Vegetable Garden, Even When You're Tight On Space," 19 Jan. 2017 The chef then takes the breast back to the kitchen to slice and arrange onto individual serving plates next to a garnish of cherries, turnips and frisee. Michael Bauer, SFChronicle.com, "Sorrel off to a stellar start in Pacific Heights," 6 July 2018 One day that might be a few big broccoli florets or a handful of snap peas; another it might be scrubbed baby turnips and little carrots. Christina Chaey, Bon Appetit, "I Let My Steamer Basket Decide What I Should Make for Dinner," 25 June 2018

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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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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


tur·nip | \ˈtər-nəp \

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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