[roo-tuh-bey-guh, roo-tuh-bey-]


a brassicaceous plant, Brassica napobrassica, having a yellow- or white-fleshed, edible tuber.
the edible tuber, a variety of turnip.

Nearby words

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  2. rusty,
  3. rusty blackbird,
  4. rusty sputum,
  5. rut,
  6. rutaceous,
  7. ruth,
  8. ruth, babe,
  9. ruthenia,
  10. ruthenian

Origin of rutabaga

1790–1800, Americanism; < Swedish (dial.) rotabagge

Also called Swedish turnip. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for rutabaga



US and Canadian a Eurasian plant, Brassica napus (or B. napobrassica), cultivated for its bulbous edible root, which is used as a vegetable and as cattle fodder: family Brassicaceae (crucifers)
the root of this plant
Also called (in Britain and certain other countries): swede

Word Origin for rutabaga

C18: from Swedish dialect rotabagge, literally: root bag

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Word Origin and History for rutabaga



1799, from Swedish dialectal (West Götland) rotabagge, from rot "root" (see root (n.)) + bagge "bag" (see bag (n.)). Slang meaning "dollar" is from 1940s.

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