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Swede

[ sweed ]
/ swid /
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noun

a native or inhabitant of Sweden.
(lowercase)Chiefly British. a rutabaga.

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Origin of Swede

1580–90; <Middle Dutch or Middle Low German; cognate with German Schwede; compare Old English Swēon (plural), Old Norse Svēar, Svīar,Medieval Latin Suiōnes
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British Dictionary definitions for Swede (1 of 2)

swede
/ (swiːd) /

noun

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
NZ a slang word for head (def. 1)
Also called (for senses 1, 2): Swedish turnip, (US and Canadian) rutabaga
C19: so called after being introduced into Scotland from Sweden in the 18th century

British Dictionary definitions for Swede (2 of 2)

Swede
/ (swiːd) /

noun

a native, citizen, or inhabitant of Sweden
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