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[tur-nip] /ˈtɜr nɪp/
the thick, fleshy, edible root of either of two plants of the mustard family, the white-fleshed Brassica rapa rapifera or the yellow-fleshed rutabaga.
the plant itself.
the root of this plant used as a vegetable.
Origin of turnip
1525-35; earlier turnep(e), equivalent to turn (with reference to its neatly rounded shape) + nepe neep
Related forms
turniplike, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for turnip
  • Collard, mustard and turnip greens had been picked last fall and stored in the mammoth freezer.
  • She gave him a yellow turnip which had been hollowed out, to which six mice were harnessed.
  • turnip greens are similar in flavor to kale, perhaps a little more bitter, and with a more delicate texture.
  • In a large microwave-safe bowl, combine the grated turnip and both potatoes.
  • It was not some magic turnip, or some deep woods spell.
  • Restaurants oblige by name-checking the farmers responsible for our pork chop and the tender turnip shoots lying alongside.
  • The garlic sausage and turnip sauerkraut have flavor that doesn't bottom out for days.
  • The modest turnip is often overlooked in the grocery store, but worth a second glance.
  • Dark green leafy vegetables such as spinach, collards, and turnip greens.
  • Leaf collards, kale, turnip greens and mustard are commonly bunched using rubber bands or twist ties.
British Dictionary definitions for turnip


a widely cultivated plant, Brassica rapa, of the Mediterranean region, with a large yellow or white edible root: family Brassicaceae (crucifers)
the root of this plant, which is eaten as a vegetable
any of several similar or related plants
another name for kohlrabi
Also called (for senses 1, 2) navew
Word Origin
C16: from earlier turnepe, perhaps from turn (indicating its rounded shape) + nepe, from Latin nāpus turnip; see neep
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Word Origin and History for turnip

1530s, turnepe, probably from turn (from its shape, as though turned on a lathe) + Middle English nepe "turnip," from Old English næp, from Latin napus "turnip." The modern form of the word emerged late 18c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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