- a plant, Daucus carota, of the parsley family, having pinnately decompound leaves and umbels of small white or yellow flowers, in its wild form a widespread, familiar weed, and in cultivation valued for its edible root.
- the nutritious, orange to yellow root of this plant, eaten raw or cooked.
- something hoped for or promised as a lure or incentive: To boost productivity, leaders hinted at the carrot of subsidized housing for the workers.Compare stick1(def 8).
- to treat (furs) with mercuric nitrate preparatory to felting.
Origin of carrot
Examples from the Web for carrot
Assad has been offered safe passage to a third country as a carrot for handing over power.U.S.: Assad’s ‘Machinery of Death’ Worst Since the Nazis
July 7, 2014
I had never craved a carrot before, or fantasized about raiding an apple tree in a nearby garden.My Week At An Austrian Fat Camp
October 27, 2013
Study participants who were themselves overweight viewed stick—but not carrot—policies as threatening.The Unintended Consequences of Company Wellness Penalties
July 6, 2013
He answered her in a voice that was flat and plain, like the voice that a carrot might have.The Day I Met Charles Schulz
Daniel J. Levitin
February 12, 2013
Use that minute to peel the onion and carrot, and wash your celery.The Gadget Chef: Reconstructed Chicken Soup
November 2, 2012
Chop up a stick of celery, a sprig of parsley, a carrot, an onion.The Cook's Decameron: A Study in Taste:
Mrs. W. G. Waters
Our agriculture is precarious, and 27 every carrot is bought by the sweat of our brow.Mountain Meditations
Then, as Madame Francois turned her head away, he put the carrot to his mouth.The Fat and the Thin
After a while the boy got hungry and dug into his pocket for the carrot.The Adventures of Maya the Bee
Widely, eagerly, he opened his mouth, to close his teeth upon—a carrot.Golden Moments
- an umbelliferous plant, Daucus carota sativa, with finely divided leaves and flat clusters of small white flowersSee also wild carrot
- the long tapering orange root of this plant, eaten as a vegetable
- something offered as a lure or incentive
- carrot and stickreward and punishment as methods of persuasion
Word Origin and History for carrot
1530s, from Middle French carrotte, from Latin carota, from Greek karoton "carrot," probably from PIE *kre-, from root *ker- "horn, head" (see horn (n.)); so called for its horn-like shape.
Originally white-rooted and a medicinal plant to the ancients, who used it as an aphrodisiac and to prevent poisoning. Not entirely distinguished from parsnips in ancient times. Reintroduced in Europe by Arabs c.1100. The orange carrot, which existed perhaps as early as 6c., probably began as a mutation of the Asian purple carrot and was cultivated into the modern edible plant 16c.-17c. in the Netherlands. Thus the word is used as a color name but not before 1670s in English, originally of red hair.