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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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 Chinese violet cress is a member of the Brassica family, which includes mustard, broccoli, cabbage, and turnips. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "This Purple Plant Has a Secret That Could Replace Synthetic Engine Oil," 27 Aug. 2018 Purslane can also be sautéed gently along with kale and garlic or thrown into a hot pan of radishes, turnips and peas until just wilted and topped with lemon juice and olive oil. Ashleigh Spitza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Purslane may be growing in your lawn; for better health, put it in your diet," 10 July 2018 Gogo apparently spends his off hours getting beaten up by thugs; Didi, scrounging for carrots and turnips. Tony Adler, Chicago Reader, "After all these years, we’re still Waiting for Godot," 30 May 2018 The red leaf lettuce salad, tossed with olives, toasted almonds, Asian pear and pickled turnips, is dressed with a mouthwatering mustard vinaigrette that hooks you anew with every bite. New York Times, "A Nashville Restaurant That Tastes as Good as It Looks," 4 Jan. 2018 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

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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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