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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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Recent Examples on the Web Meanwhile, thinly slice turnips, celery, radishes, beet, and fennel. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Spice-Dusted Pork With Crunchy Vegetable Salad," 22 Jan. 2020 Valicia Logan, 59, had already put a mix of Chinese turnips, mustard and collard greens in a slow cooker. Angel Jennings, Los Angeles Times, "For many black families, New Year’s greens and black-eyed peas fill the belly and the soul," 1 Jan. 2020 Dee uses a mixture of plants such as radishes, turnips, clover, winter peas and oats as cover crops for her 4,000 acres of row crops. Dennis Pillion | Dpillion@al.com, al, "Alabama farmer looks to cash in on carbon storage," 1 Dec. 2019 Start with the easy to grow broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, collards, potatoes, spinach, Swiss chard and turnips. Tom Maccubbin, orlandosentinel.com, "Garden is up and growing – how about yours?," 19 Sep. 2019 Cold weather is cruciferous season: your cabbages, kales, and turnip-y things are very tasty right now. Carla Lalli Music, Bon Appétit, "Memorize These 3 Words and Eat Well Forever," 9 Jan. 2020 But the beets, turnips, carrots, rutabagas and English peas are prospering in this weather. Calvin Finch, ExpressNews.com, "What to harvest and what to plant in your San Antonio winter vegetable garden," 19 Dec. 2019 Carrots, cabbage, rutabaga, potatoes, turnips, beets, apples, pears, and more were piled high with market space filling two large areas, which also spilled over to outside the front entryway. Annie Gentile, courant.com, "Winter Market Kicks Off At The YMCA," 9 Dec. 2019 Vegetables could have included traditional favorites like squash and pumpkin as well as carrots and turnip greens. Joey Garrison, USA TODAY, "The first Thanksgiving: Rethinking the feast at Plymouth, Massachusetts nearly 400 years ago," 27 Nov. 2019

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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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The first known use of turnip was in 1533

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21 Feb 2020

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“Turnip.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/turnip. Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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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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