[ hawrs-rad-ish ]
/ ˈhɔrsˌræd ɪʃ /


a cultivated plant, Armoracia rusticana, of the mustard family, having small, white flowers.
the pungent root of this plant, ground and used as a condiment and in medicine.
the condiment itself, sometimes moistened with vinegar or mixed with ground beets.


of or containing ground horseradish as a flavoring: brisket of beef with horseradish sauce.

Nearby words

  1. horseplay,
  2. horseplayer,
  3. horsepower,
  4. horsepower-hour,
  5. horsepox,
  6. horseradish peroxidase,
  7. horseradish tree,
  8. horseshit,
  9. horseshoe,
  10. horseshoe arch

Origin of horseradish

First recorded in 1590–1600; horse + radish Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for horseradish


/ (ˈhɔːsˌrædɪʃ) /


a coarse Eurasian plant, Armoracia rusticana, cultivated for its thick white pungent root: family Brassicaceae (crucifers)
the root of this plant, which is ground and combined with vinegar, etc, to make a sauce
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Word Origin and History for horseradish



1590s, Cochlearia armoricia; the common name preserves the once-common figurative sense of horse as "strong, large, coarse" (e.g. in obsolete horse mushroom, horse parsley, Old English horsminte "horse mint," etc.); also see radish.

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