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[rad-ish] /ˈræd ɪʃ/
the crisp, pungent, edible root of the plant, Raphanus sativus, of the mustard family, usually eaten raw.
the plant itself.
late Middle English
before 1000; late Middle English radish(e), variant (compare Old French radise, variant of radice) of Middle English radich(e), Old English rǣdic < Latin rādīc- (stem of rādīx root1); compare Old High German rātih, German Rettich
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radishlike, adjective Unabridged
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  • In a medium bowl mix the radish with the parsley, olive oil, and pepper.
  • Dietary surveys implicated radish sprouts from a nearby farm.
  • He'll serve a langoustine flanked by barely cooked tiny yellow carrots and a minute fronded radish.
  • Combine the shredded radish with thinly sliced red onion and diced snow peas.
  • Middle row: yarrow, mustard flowers, radish flowers.
British Dictionary definitions for radish


any of various plants of the genus Raphanus, esp R. sativus of Europe and Asia, cultivated for its edible root: family Brassicaceae (crucifers)
the root of this plant, which has a pungent taste and is eaten raw in salads
wild radish, another name for white charlock See charlock (sense 2)
Word Origin
Old English rǣdīc, from Latin rādīx root
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Word Origin and History for radish

late Old English rædic "radish," from Latin radicem (nominative radix) "root, radish," from PIE root *wrad- "twig, root" (cf. Greek rhiza, Lesbian brisda "root;" Greek hradamnos "branch;" Gothic waurts, Old English wyrt; Welsh gwridd, Old Irish fren "root"). Spelling perhaps influenced by Old French radise, variant of radice, from Vulgar Latin *radicina, from radicem.

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