- a biennial plant (Pastinaca sativa) of the umbel family, with yellow flowers and a long, thick, sweet, white root used as a vegetable
- its root
Origin of parsnipMiddle English pasnepe, altered (infl. by nepe, turnip) ; from Old French pasnaie ; from Classical Latin pastinaca ; from pastinare, to dig up ; from pastinum, two-forked dibble
- A plant (Pastinaca sativa) in the parsley family, native to Eurasia, cultivated for its long, white, edible, fleshy root.
- The root of this plant.
Origin of parsnipMiddle English pasnepe, alteration (influenced by nep, turnip) of Old French pasnaie, from Latin pastinaca, from pastinum, a kind of two-pronged dibble.
16th century parsnepe, from Middle English passenep, corruption of a borrowing of Old French pasnaie by influence of nepe (“turnip"), from Latin pastinaca (“parsnip, carrot"), from pastinum (“two-pronged fork"); related to pastinare (“to dig up the ground").