any of various biennial plants belonging to the genus Beta, of the amaranth family, especially B. vulgaris, having a fleshy red or white root. Compare sugar beet.
the edible root of such a plant.
the leaves of such a plant, served as a salad or cooked vegetable.

before 1000; Middle English bete, Old English bēte < Latin bēta

beetlike, adjective

beat, beet (see synonym study at beat). Unabridged
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beet (biːt)
1.  See also chard any chenopodiaceous plant of the genus Beta, esp the Eurasian species B. vulgaris, widely cultivated in such varieties as the sugar beet, mangelwurzel, beetroot, and spinach beet
2.  the leaves of any of several varieties of this plant, which are cooked and eaten as a vegetable
3.  red beet the US name for beetroot
[Old English bēte, from Latin bēta]

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O.E. bete "beet, beetroot," from L. beta, said to be of Celtic origin. Common in O.E., then lost till c.1400. Still usually spoken of in plural in U.S.
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