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Parsnip roots


From 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).[1]


parsnip ‎(plural parsnips)

  1. A biennial plant, Pastinaca sativa, related to the carrot.
  2. The root of the parsnip, when used as a vegetable.

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