- the thick, fleshy, edible root of either of two plants of the mustard family, the white-fleshed Brassica rapa rapifera or the yellow-fleshed rutabaga.
- the plant itself.
- the root of this plant used as a vegetable.
Origin of turnip
Examples from the Web for turnip
On dessert menu at one new hotel, a “Mondae”—frozen lard covered in borsch with a turnip on top.Up to a Point: PJ O’Rourke on Sochi and Senate Slackers
P. J. O’Rourke
February 7, 2014
Down there in the turnip greene and the tears, hope remained alive.Michelle vs. the All-American Jackass
March 25, 2009
The meat is fried, with only the exception of when accompanied by "turnip greens."
If you wish to have them very mild, put in a turnip with them at the first boiling.Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches
To express the cubic content of a turnip, you must be all round it at once.
The only way to get all round a turnip at once is to eat the turnip.
To call a man a turnip may be playful, but is seldom respectful.
- a widely cultivated plant, Brassica rapa, of the Mediterranean region, with a large yellow or white edible root: family Brassicaceae (crucifers)
- the root of this plant, which is eaten as a vegetable
- any of several similar or related plants
- another name for kohlrabi
Word Origin and History for turnip
1530s, turnepe, probably from turn (from its shape, as though turned on a lathe) + Middle English nepe "turnip," from Old English næp, from Latin napus "turnip." The modern form of the word emerged late 18c.