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rutabaga

[ roo-tuh-bey-guh, roo-tuh-bey- ]
/ ˌru təˈbeɪ gə, ˈru təˌbeɪ- /
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noun

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

Nearby words

rustproofing, rusty, rusty blackbird, rusty sputum, rut, rutabaga, rutaceous, ruth, ruth, babe, ruthenia, ruthenian

Origin of rutabaga

1790–1800, Americanism; < Swedish (dial.) rotabagge
Also called Swedish turnip.
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Examples from the Web for rutabaga

  • The Rutabaga is a productive variety, and possesses a good deal of nutriment.

    Soil Culture|J. H. Walden
  • He still calls the beet a beet-root and the rutabaga a mangel-wurzel.

    The American Language|Henry L. Mencken
  • Early purple-top strap-leaf turnip, early cabbage, lettuce, rutabaga turnips.

  • We may get bitten by a snapping bean or routed by a rutabaga or infected by a parsnip.

British Dictionary definitions for rutabaga

rutabaga

/ (ˌruːtəˈbeɪɡə) /

noun

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for rutabaga

rutabaga


n.

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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