turnip

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Turnips

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Etymology[edit]

From turnepe, probably from turn (due to round shape, as though turned on a lathe) + Middle English nepe, from Old English næp, from Latin napus.[1] Cognate to neep; see also parsnip.

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turnip (plural turnips)

  1. The white root of a yellow-flowered plant, Brassica rapa, grown as a vegetable and as fodder for cattle.
  2. (Scotland, Ireland, Cornish, Atlantic Canada) The yellow root of a related plant, the swede or Brassica napus.

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  1. ^ turnip” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).