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mangel-wurzel

[mang-guh l-wur-zuh l]
noun Chiefly British.
  1. a variety of the beet Beta vulgaris, cultivated as food for livestock.
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Origin of mangel-wurzel

1770–80; < German, variant of Mangoldwurzel (Mangold beet + Wurzel root; cf. wort2)
Also called man·gel, mangold.
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Historical Examples

  • Of beets, with mangel-wurzel, we have almost as great a variety; so also of carrots.

    Science and Practice in Farm Cultivation

    James Buckman

  • His neighbour had, however, got a fine field of mangel-wurzel.

    An Old English Home

    S. Baring-Gould

  • He still calls the beet a beet-root and the rutabaga a mangel-wurzel.

    The American Language

    Henry L. Mencken

  • He had cabbage and mangel-wurzel plants to put in their stead.

    Rural Rides

    William Cobbett

  • Of the mangel-wurzel (greens and all) he has not less than twenty tons to the acre.

    Rural Rides

    William Cobbett