turnip

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noun tur·nip \ˈtər-nəp\

Definition of turnip

  1. 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. 2 :  a large pocket watch

Origin and Etymology of turnip

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


First Known Use: 1533


TURNIP Defined for English Language Learners

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noun tur·nip \ˈtər-nəp\

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

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noun tur·nip \ˈtər-nəp\

Definition of turnip for Students

  1. :  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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