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Parsnip roots


From 16th-century parsnepe, from Middle English passenep, corruption of a borrowing of Old French pasnaie (Modern panais) 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, 2001–2018.

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