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) : rutabagab : the root of a turnip
2 : a large pocket watch
Recent Examples of turnip from the Web
This week's lot includes the aforementioned turnips and radishes, plus mustard mix, kale, arugula, and green onions.
If being a participant in the national discussion today means having an opinion about the stunt of a dimwitted comedienne then who wouldn’t rather stay at home and grow turnips?
Look for leafy greens like spinach, bok choy and turnip greens.
Here, carrots and turnips roast for the Thicket supper in June, 2016.
The dishes are almost obsessively produce first: brioche toast with ricotta and figs and marigolds, salt baked turnip spiked with shiso chimichurri, gin mingles with beet juice in cocktails.
There was a little drawing of how to properly massage the pink tooth-turnip’s forehead to encourage its silence.
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Origin and Etymology of turnip
Middle English turnepe, probably from turnen to turn + nepe neep; from the well-rounded root
First Known Use: 1533See Words from the same year
TURNIP Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of turnip for English Language Learners
: a round, light-colored root of a plant that is eaten as a vegetable; also : the plant that produces such a root
TURNIP Defined for Kids
Definition of turnip for Students
: 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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