- a brassicaceous plant, Brassica napobrassica, having a yellow- or white-fleshed, edible tuber.
- the edible tuber, a variety of turnip.
Origin of rutabaga
1790–1800, Americanism; < Swedish (dial.) rotabagge
Also called Swedish turnip.
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Examples from the Web for rutabaga
Goodbye greens, goodbye peaches, and hello white: potatoes, parsnips, rutabaga.What to Eat
September 15, 2009
He still calls the beet a beet-root and the rutabaga a mangel-wurzel.The American Language
Henry L. Mencken
The Rutabaga is a productive variety, and possesses a good deal of nutriment.Soil Culture
J. H. Walden
The Swedish, or Rutabaga, variety is rather more nutritive than the white, but its stronger flavor renders it less palatable.Science in the Kitchen.
Mrs. E. E. Kellogg
We may get bitten by a snapping bean or routed by a rutabaga or infected by a parsnip.Mince PieAuthor: Christopher Darlington MorleyRelease Date: October 10, 2004 [eBook #13694]
Christopher Darlington Morley
Early purple-top strap-leaf turnip, early cabbage, lettuce, rutabaga turnips.The Red Cross in Peace and War
- 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
C18: from Swedish dialect rotabagge, literally: root bag
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Word Origin and History for rutabaga
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