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sugar beet

various cultivars of a beet, Beta vulgaris, of the amaranth family, having a white root, cultivated for the sugar it yields.
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sugar beet

a variety of the plant Beta vulgaris that is cultivated for its white roots from which sugar is obtained Compare sugar cane
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sugar beet

variety of beet (Beta vulgaris, Saccharifera Alefeld variety), a biennial plant of the Chenopodiaceae family. It is cultivated for its juice, from which sugar is processed. This article treats the cultivation of the sugar beet plant. For information on the processing of beet sugar and the history of its use, see the article sugar.

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