Definition of parsnip in English:

parsnip

Line breaks: pars|nip
Pronunciation: /ˈpɑːsnɪp
 
/

noun

1A long tapering cream-coloured root vegetable with a sweet flavour: roasted parsnips [mass noun]: a puree of celeriac and parsnip [as modifier]: parsnip wine
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 Eurasian plant of the parsley family which yields parsnips.
  • Pastinaca sativa, family Umbelliferae
More example sentences
  • 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.

Definition of parsnip in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day premonition
Pronunciation: ˌprēməˈniSHən
noun
a strong feeling that something will happen …