- any of various biennial plants belonging to the genus Beta, of the amaranth family, especially B. vulgaris, having a fleshy red or white root.Compare sugar beet.
- the edible root of such a plant.
- the leaves of such a plant, served as a salad or cooked vegetable.
Origin of beet
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Historical Examples of beet
No, I would let it go, and ask him for burdock or beet, as the case might be.Samantha Among the Brethren, Part 6.
Josiah Allen's Wife (Marietta Holley)
You must have a couple of hundred acres of beet at least, to begin with.Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2)
William Delisle Hay
His nose had acquired the shape of a turnip and the complexion of a beet.Two Days' Solitary Imprisonment
What can you say of the comparative value of cane and beet sugar?Human Foods and Their Nutritive Value
"I—I don't think so," stammered Shadow, and got as red as a beet.Dave Porter and His Rivals
- any chenopodiaceous plant of the genus Beta, esp the Eurasian species B. vulgaris, widely cultivated in such varieties as the sugar beet, mangelwurzel, beetroot, and spinach beetSee also chard
- the leaves of any of several varieties of this plant, which are cooked and eaten as a vegetable
- red beet the US name for beetroot
Word Origin for beet
Old English bete "beet, beetroot," from Latin beta, said to be of Celtic origin. Common in Old English, then lost till c.1400. Still usually spoken of in plural in U.S. A general West Germanic borrowing, cf. Old Frisian bete, Middle Dutch bete, Old High German bieza, German Beete.