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From Middle High German ruobe, rüebe, from Old High German ruoba, from Proto-Germanic *rōbǭ (found also in Middle Low German rōve and Middle Dutch roeve, while Swedish rova and Danish roe (olim rove) are suspected Middle Low German borrowings, not so Old Norse rófa (tail), Icelandic rófa (tail, swede)), related to Latin rāpa, rāpum, Proto-Slavic *rěpa, Albanian rrapë and Proto-Iranian *(h)rabā́š. Different ablaut: Old High German raba, Middle High German rabe, Early New High German Rabe, Rape, Rappe, Alemannic German Rābi, from Proto-Germanic *rēbǭ. All meaning beets or turnips.


  • IPA(key): /ˈryːbə/
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Rübe f (genitive Rübe, plural Rüben, diminutive Rübchen n)

  1. a cover term for a variety of Old-World root vegetables including:
    1. beet
    2. turnip
    3. rutabaga
    4. carrot
    5. radish
    6. parsnip
    7. root parsley
    8. celeriac
  2. (specifically) Beta (genus within the family Amaranthaceae)
  3. (even more specifically) Beta vulgaris
  4. (colloquial) head, bonce, noggin


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Further reading[edit]

  • Rübe” in Digitales Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache
  • Rübe” in Duden online