rutabaga

[roo-tuh-bey-guh, roo-tuh-bey-]
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, Americanism; < Swedish (dial.) rotabagge

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rutabaga (ˌruːtəˈbeɪɡə)
 
n
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
 
[C18: from Swedish dialect rotabagge, literally: root bag]

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rutabaga
1799, from Swed. dial. (W. Götland) rotabagge, from rot "root" + bagge "bag." Slang meaning "dollar" is from 1940s.
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As in mashed squash, rutabaga, or sweet potatoes and bourbon.
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