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 The humble turnip has a mild enough flavor to take on the starring role in just about any dish, from quick and easy dinner recipes to more complicated gratins and even simple slow cooker recipes. Rebekah Lowin, Country Living, 2 June 2022 The squares are nicely browned and the turnip in the center is soft and a tad gooey, similar to the consistency of good mochi. Jenn Harriscolumnist, Los Angeles Times, 9 May 2022 Whereas Italian broccoli rabe is a flowering turnip green belonging to the species Brassica rapa (which also includes turnips, Napa cabbage, and bok choy). Jonathan Kauffman, Bon Appétit, 13 Apr. 2022 Then Chef Alain Verzeroli modified the concept, turning it into a turnip-lobster ravioli. Alyson Sheppard, Robb Report, 7 Apr. 2022 Beets, carrot, turnip and radish seeds are best planted directly into the soil. Nan Sterman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Mar. 2022 Think aged Sonoma duck with satsuma mandarin and Tokyo turnip with a Pinot Noir made especially for the restaurant by master Sonoma winemaker Bob Cabral. Kathryn Romeyn, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 Mar. 2022 Chef Tsang has been using and modifying his own turnip cake recipe for more than four decades. Maggie Hiufu Wong, CNN, 30 Jan. 2022 Contrary to the name, there's no turnip in turnip cake. Maggie Hiufu Wong, CNN, 30 Jan. 2022 See More

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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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5 Jun 2022

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“Turnip.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/turnip. Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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

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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