beet

[beet]

noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. beersheba,
  2. beery,
  3. beestings,
  4. beeswax,
  5. beeswing,
  6. beet armyworm,
  7. beet leafhopper,
  8. beet sugar,
  9. beetfly,
  10. beethoven

Origin of beet

before 1000; Middle English bete, Old English bēte < Latin bēta

Related formsbeet·like, adjective

Can be confusedbeat beet (see synonym study at beat)

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British Dictionary definitions for beet

beet

noun

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 bēte, from Latin bēta

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Word Origin and History for beet

beet

n.

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.

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