Definition of rutabaga in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈro͞odəˌbāɡə/


North American
1A large, round, yellow-fleshed root that is eaten as a vegetable.
Example sentences
  • In a large bowl, combine the rutabaga, onions, parsnips, carrots, turnips, celeriac, and sweet potatoes and toss to combine.
  • Add the onions, rutabaga thyme, and bay leaf and sauté until translucent.
  • Add the celeriac, potato, turnip, rutabaga, and carrots and stir to coat with butter.
2The European plant of the cabbage family that produces this root.
  • Brassica napus, family Brassicaceae: ‘napobrassica’ group.
Example sentences
  • The current arrangement is to call the common white turnip B. rapa; to assign its relatives the swede and rutabaga to B. napus ssp rapifera; and rape, grown for its oil-bearing seeds, to B. napus.
  • In years past when I have planted rutabaga only a few have come up, so this year I decided to plant nearly three rows.


Late 18th century: from Swedish dialect rotabagge.

Words that rhyme with rutabaga

Jaeger, maigre, Meleager, Noriega, Ortega, Sagar

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Syllabification: ru·ta·ba·ga

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