rutabaga[ro̵̅o̅t′ə bā′gə, ro̵̅o̅t′ə bā′gə]
rutabaga definition by Webster's New World
- a turniplike plant (Brassica napobrassica) of the crucifer family, with a large, yellow root
- this edible root
Origin: Swedish dialect, dialectal rotabagge ; from rot (; from Old Norse rot, root) plush bagge, ram, thick object ; from Old Norse baggi from source bag
rutabaga definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun In both senses also called swede, Swedish turnip.
- A European plant (Brassica napus var. napobrassica) having a thick bulbous root used as food and as livestock feed.
- The edible root of this plant.
Origin: Swedish dialectal rotabagge : rot, root (from Old Norse rōt; see wrād- in Indo-European roots) + bagge, bag (from Old Norse baggi).