the crisp, pungent, edible root of the plant, Raphanus sativus, of the mustard family, usually eaten raw.
the plant itself.

Origin of radish

before 1000; late Middle English radish(e), variant (compare Old French radise, variant of radice) of Middle English radich(e), Old English rǣdic < Latin rādīc- (stem of rādīx root1); compare Old High German rātih, German Rettich
Related formsrad·ish·like, adjective
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Contemporary Examples of radish

  • Over our radish and onion salads, I showed her a little video clip of our 16-month-old grandson pretending to type.

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    The Years of Magical Writing

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    November 2, 2011

  • In large salad bowl, combine greens, scallion, and radish; dress with remaining vinaigrette and season with salt and pepper, toss.

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    August 31, 2011

  • "Celery, cucumber, radish," he says, showing how well he's made this new place his home.

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Historical Examples of radish

British Dictionary definitions for radish



any of various plants of the genus Raphanus, esp R. sativus of Europe and Asia, cultivated for its edible root: family Brassicaceae (crucifers)
the root of this plant, which has a pungent taste and is eaten raw in salads
wild radish another name for white charlockSee charlock (def. 2)

Word Origin for radish

Old English rǣdīc, from Latin rādīx root
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Word Origin and History for radish

late Old English rædic "radish," from Latin radicem (nominative radix) "root, radish," from PIE root *wrad- "twig, root" (cf. Greek rhiza, Lesbian brisda "root;" Greek hradamnos "branch;" Gothic waurts, Old English wyrt; Welsh gwridd, Old Irish fren "root"). Spelling perhaps influenced by Old French radise, variant of radice, from Vulgar Latin *radicina, from radicem.

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