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turnip

[ tur-nip ]
/ ˈtɜr nɪp /
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noun
the thick, fleshy, edible root of either of two plants of the mustard family, the white-fleshed Brassica rapa rapifera or the yellow-fleshed rutabaga.
the plant itself.
the root of this plant used as a vegetable.
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Origin of turnip

1525–35; earlier turnep(e), equivalent to turn (with reference to its neatly rounded shape) + nepeneep

OTHER WORDS FROM turnip

tur·nip·like, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for turnip

turnip
/ (ˈtɜːnɪp) /

noun
a widely cultivated plant, Brassica rapa, of the Mediterranean region, with a large yellow or white edible root: family Brassicaceae (crucifers)
the root of this plant, which is eaten as a vegetable
any of several similar or related plants
another name for kohlrabi
Also called (for senses 1, 2): navew

Word Origin for turnip

C16: from earlier turnepe, perhaps from turn (indicating its rounded shape) + nepe, from Latin nāpus turnip; see neep
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