a variety of large beet, used as food for cattle, esp. in Europe
Origin of mangel-wurzelGer, altered by associated, association with mangel, lack ; from mangoldwurzel ; from mangold, beet + wurzel, root
A variety of the common beet having a large yellowish root, used chiefly as cattle feed.
Origin of mangel-wurzelGerman Mangelwurzel, alteration (influenced by Mangel, scarcity) of Mangoldwurzel : Mangold, beet (from Middle High German manegolt) + Wurzel, root; see wrad- in Indo-European roots.
- Alternative spelling of mangelwurzel.