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rutabaga

[roo-tuh-bey-guh, roo-tuh-bey-]
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noun
  1. a brassicaceous plant, Brassica napobrassica, having a yellow- or white-fleshed, edible tuber.
  2. the edible tuber, a variety of turnip.

Origin of rutabaga

1790–1800, Americanism; < Swedish (dial.) rotabagge
Also called Swedish turnip.
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rutabaga

noun
  1. US and Canadian a Eurasian plant, Brassica napus (or B. napobrassica), cultivated for its bulbous edible root, which is used as a vegetable and as cattle fodder: family Brassicaceae (crucifers)
  2. the root of this plant
Also called (in Britain and certain other countries): swede

Word Origin

C18: from Swedish dialect rotabagge, literally: root bag
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Word Origin and History for rutabaga

n.

1799, from Swedish dialectal (West Götland) rotabagge, from rot "root" (see root (n.)) + bagge "bag" (see bag (n.)). Slang meaning "dollar" is from 1940s.

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