Beet meaning

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The swollen root of this plant eaten as a vegetable, typically having reddish flesh.
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A biennial Eurasian plant (Beta vulgaris) grown as a crop plant for its edible roots and leaves.
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The sugar beet.
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Any of a genus (Beta) of plants of the goosefoot family, with edible leaves and a thick, fleshy, white or red root.
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The root of any of these plants: some are eaten as a vegetable, some serve as a source of sugar, and some are used for fodder.
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(singular only, sometimes definite) Beta vulgaris, a plant with a swollen root which is eaten or used to make sugar.

The beet is a hardy species.

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(countable) An individual plant (organism) of that species.

They sell beets by the pound in the supermarket. All I want is the roots. Can I cut off the roots and buy them alone?

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(countable) A swollen root of such a plant.
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Origin of beet

  • Middle English bete from Old English bēte from Latin bēta

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English, from Old English bete, from Latin beta. Most likely of Celtic etymology.

    From Wiktionary