- 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
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 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.