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[hawrs-rad-ish] /ˈhɔrsˌræd ɪʃ/
a cultivated plant, Armoracia rusticana, of the mustard family, having small, white flowers.
the pungent root of this plant, ground and used as a condiment and in medicine.
the condiment itself, sometimes moistened with vinegar or mixed with ground beets.
of or containing ground horseradish as a flavoring:
brisket of beef with horseradish sauce.
Origin of horseradish
First recorded in 1590-1600; horse + radish Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • If the horseradish is in vinegar, press out the vinegar and then fold in the whipped cream.

    Sandwiches Sarah Tyson Heston Rorer
  • If baked or fried, garnish with horseradish and serve with melted butter.

    Housekeeping in Old Virginia Marion Cabell Tyree
  • Season with a little pepper and salt; garnish with horseradish.

    Housekeeping in Old Virginia Marion Cabell Tyree
  • The horseradish is probably a descendant of this gigantic ancestor.

    The Funny Side of Physic A. D. Crabtre
  • You know what horseradish is—grows like wildfire—spreads—spreads.

    Tono Bungay H. G. Wells
  • Why don't the really good things in life grow like horseradish?'

    Tono Bungay H. G. Wells
  • Grate a horseradish root and place in pan with piece of butter.

British Dictionary definitions for horseradish


a coarse Eurasian plant, Armoracia rusticana, cultivated for its thick white pungent root: family Brassicaceae (crucifers)
the root of this plant, which is ground and combined with vinegar, etc, to make a sauce
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Word Origin and History for horseradish

1590s, Cochlearia armoricia; the common name preserves the once-common figurative sense of horse as "strong, large, coarse" (e.g. in obsolete horse mushroom, horse parsley, Old English horsminte "horse mint," etc.); also see radish.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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