- 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.
Origin of turnip
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Contemporary Examples of turnip
On dessert menu at one new hotel, a “Mondae”—frozen lard covered in borsch with a turnip on top.Up to a Point: PJ O’Rourke on Sochi and Senate Slackers
P. J. O’Rourke
February 7, 2014
Down there in the turnip greene and the tears, hope remained alive.Michelle vs. the All-American Jackass
March 25, 2009
Historical Examples of turnip
The meat is fried, with only the exception of when accompanied by "turnip greens."
If you wish to have them very mild, put in a turnip with them at the first boiling.Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches
To express the cubic content of a turnip, you must be all round it at once.
The only way to get all round a turnip at once is to eat the turnip.
To call a man a turnip may be playful, but is seldom respectful.
- 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
Word Origin for turnip
1530s, turnepe, probably from turn (from its shape, as though turned on a lathe) + Middle English nepe "turnip," from Old English næp, from Latin napus "turnip." The modern form of the word emerged late 18c.