From 16th-century parsnepe, from Middle English passenep, a corruption of Old French pasnaie (by influence of Middle English nepe (“turnip”)), from Latin pastinaca (“parsnip, carrot”), from pastinum (“two-pronged fork”); related to Latin pastinō (“to dig up the ground”).
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈpɑɹ.snɪp/
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈpɑː.snɪp/
Audio (RP) (file)
- Hyphenation: par‧snip
parsnip (plural parsnips)
- A biennial plant, Pastinaca sativa, related to the carrot.
- The root of the parsnip, when used as a vegetable.
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