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

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In this Monday, June 10, 2019 photo, Andrew Dunham harvests Hakurei turnips on his 80-acre organic farm, in Grinnell, Iowa. Washington Post, "Rain leaves veggie farmers struggling with no aid in sight," 16 June 2019 Rempel Family Farm will have baby carrots and zucchini this week, along with radishes, kales, snow apple turnips, spinach, arugula and other items. Steve Edwards, Anchorage Daily News, "Scrumptious strawberries and the beginning of zucchini season," 4 July 2018 The dip, made with the vibrant beans, is flavored with garlic, lemon, fresh mint and a touch of jalapeno, and served with pita bread or a assortment of crudité including cucumbers, baby turnips, radishes and rainbow carrots. Noelle Carter, latimes.com, "Culinary SOS: Make the fresh chickpea hummus from Rooftop by JG in Beverly Hills," 18 Apr. 2018 Buying food in season is often cheaper, and winter has its own fair share of powerhouses like cabbage, Brussels sprouts, and turnips. Joy Bauer, Ms, Woman's Day, "Nutrition Expert Joy Bauer's Tips for Eating Healthy on a Budget," 23 Jan. 2019 New to the market this week according to Barb Landi are: Stockwell Farm with traditional vegetables like lettuces, greens, turnips and beets; and Vang Family farm with Asian specialty produce and herbs. Steve Edwards, Anchorage Daily News, "Scrumptious strawberries and the beginning of zucchini season," 4 July 2018 There are tangles of fava and green beans, gnarly rows of celery and turnip roots, whole heads of artichoke and garlic, and bursts of cherry tomatoes. Keith Flanagan, USA TODAY, "A taste of Tel Aviv's largest open-air market," 19 June 2018 For me, exhibit A was a salmon coconut curry with turnip noodles. Alysha Witwicki, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Spiralize your way into a healthy New Year," 6 Jan. 2018 In Ireland, people would carry candles in hollowed out turnips, carved with grotesque faces—a precursor of the jack-o’-lantern. Regina Hansen, WSJ, "The Multicultural Past of Our Commercial Halloween," 26 Oct. 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


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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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