turnip

noun tur·nip \ ˈtər-nəp \
Updated on: 19 Apr 2018

Definition of turnip

1 a : 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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Origin and Etymology of turnip

Middle English turnepe, probably from turnen to turn + nepe neep; from the well-rounded root


TURNIP Defined for English Language Learners

turnip

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

turnip

noun tur·nip \ ˈtər-nəp \

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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