- a plant, Pastinaca sativa, cultivated varieties of which have a large, whitish, edible root.
- the root of this plant.
Origin of parsnip
Examples from the Web for parsnip
Historical Examples of parsnip
MacKenzie followed the south branch, or what is now known as the Parsnip.Canada: the Empire of the North
Agnes C. Laut
For musk-rats, we'd put a parsnip or an apple on the spindle of a box trap.Beautiful Joe
The Parsnip is, after the potato, the most valuable of roots.The Stock-Feeder's Manual
Charles Alexander Cameron
Some pronounced it to be a Parsnip, having a yellow root, and thin leaves.Plant Lore, Legends, and Lyrics
Adult wasps have been taken on parsnip, Pastinaca sativa (Robertson, 1928).The Biotic Associations of Cockroaches
Louis M. Roth
- a strong-scented umbelliferous plant, Pastinaca sativa, cultivated for its long whitish root
- the root of this plant, eaten as a vegetable
- any of several similar plants, esp the cow parsnip
Word Origin for parsnip
Word Origin and History for parsnip
16c., parsnepe, corruption (by influence of Middle English nepe "turnip;" see neep) of Middle English passenep (late 14c.), from Old French pasnaise "parsnip," also "male member" (Modern French panais), from Latin pastinaca "parsnip, carrot," from pastinum "two-pronged fork" (related to pastinare "to dig up the ground"); so called from the shape of the root. The parsnip was considered a kind of turnip.