Definition of turnip in English:


Syllabification: tur·nip
Pronunciation: /ˈtərnəp


1A round root with white or cream flesh that is eaten as a vegetable and also has edible leaves.
More example sentences
  • Besides carrots, other root vegetables include turnips, parsnips, radishes, beets and rutabagas.
  • If you'd like to extend the harvest of carrots, turnips and other root vegetables, leave some in the ground to mulch as the weather gets colder.
  • Buried in this dirt, which remained cool but didn't freeze in the winter - were potatoes, carrots, turnips, and other root vegetables.
1.1A root similar or related to the turnip, especially a rutabaga.
2The European plant of the cabbage family that produces the turnip.
  • Brassica rapa, family Brassicaceae: ‘rapifera’ group
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  • Cabbage, cauliflower, turnips, kohlrabi and Brussels sprouts predominate, but he also grows potatoes and sugar snap peas.
  • Both plants belong to the crucifer family which also includes turnip, cabbage, and mustard.
  • John Hadley builds his house in 1778 from the timbers of wrecked boats, while the British blockade the port and his wife, Coral, plants turnips and sweet peas.
3 informal A large, thick, old-fashioned pocket watch.


mid 16th century: first element of unknown origin + neep.



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  • While I drank the turnipy tasting liquid, dozens of village boys crowded among the cots and cud-chewing cows.
  • In cold weather their golden colour did not develop, and at their first flowering they were usually turnipy white.
  • A pinch of sugar or a little bit of bacon helps tame their turnipy flavor.

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