rutabaga[ro̵̅o̅t′ə bā′gə, ro̵̅o̅t′ə bā′gə]
- a turniplike plant (Brassica napobrassica) of the crucifer family, with a large, yellow root
- this edible root
Origin: Swed dialect, dialectal rotabagge from rot (from Old Norse rot, root) plush bagge, ram, thick object from Old Norse baggi from source bag
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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).