Definition of parsnip in English:

parsnip

Syllabification: pars·nip
Pronunciation: /ˈpärsnip
 
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noun

1A long tapering cream-colored root with a sweet flavor.
More example sentences
  • The supermarket has also seen more root vegetables such as parsnips, potatoes and carrots being sold.
  • A few sweet roots, parsnips, carrots and a stalk of celery will add flavour to the pan juices.
  • When it comes to Christmas food I'm completely conventional - turkey, roast potatoes, roast parsnips, bread sauce, stuffing, English mustard and sausages.
2The widely cultivated Eurasian plant of the parsley family that yields this root.
  • Pastinaca sativa, family Umbelliferae
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  • Seeds that barely last to the second year include sweet corn, leek, onion, parsley, parsnip, rhubarb and salsify.
  • But there are also edible species of biennial, including carrots, parsley, parsnips and globe artichoke or cardoon.
  • The rule of thumb is to plant parsnips when you plant potatoes.

Origin

late Middle English: from Old French pasnaie, from Latin pastinaca (related to pastinare 'dig and trench the ground'). The change in the ending was due to association with neep.

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