16th century parsnepe, from Middle English passenep, corruption of a borrowing of Old French pasnaie by influence of nepe (“turnip”), from Latin pastinaca (“parsnip, carrot”), from pastinum (“two-pronged fork”); related to pastinare (“to dig up the ground”).
parsnip (plural parsnips)
- A biennial plant, Pastinaca sativa, related to the carrot.
- The root of the parsnip, when used as a vegetable.
the plant Pastinaca sativa
the edible root of Pastinaca sativa
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- ^ “parsnip” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).