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rutabaga

[roo-tuh-bey-guh, roo-tuh-bey-] /ˌru təˈbeɪ gə, ˈru təˌbeɪ-/
noun
1.
a brassicaceous plant, Brassica napobrassica, having a yellow- or white-fleshed, edible tuber.
2.
the edible tuber, a variety of turnip.
Also called Swedish turnip.
Origin
1790-1800
1790-1800, Americanism; < Swedish (dial.) rotabagge
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  • As in mashed squash, rutabaga, or sweet potatoes and bourbon.
British Dictionary definitions for rutabaga

rutabaga

/ˌruːtəˈbeɪɡə/
noun
1.
(US & Canadian) a Eurasian plant, Brassica napus (or B. napobrassica), cultivated for its bulbous edible root, which is used as a vegetable and as cattle fodder: family Brassicaceae (crucifers)
2.
the root of this plant
Also called (in Britain and certain other countries) swede
Word Origin
C18: from Swedish dialect rotabagge, literally: root bag
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Word Origin and History for rutabaga
n.

1799, from Swedish dialectal (West Götland) rotabagge, from rot "root" (see root (n.)) + bagge "bag" (see bag (n.)). Slang meaning "dollar" is from 1940s.

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Slang definitions & phrases for rutabaga

rutabaga

noun

A dollar: We've spent 60,000 rutabagas (1940s+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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