Mangel-wurzel meaning

mănggəl-wûrzəl
A variety of the common beet having a large yellowish root, used chiefly as cattle feed.
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A variety of large beet, used as food for cattle, esp. in Europe.
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A root vegetable, variety of Beta vulgaris, cultivated chiefly as cattle feed.
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Alternative spelling of mangelwurzel.
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Origin of mangel-wurzel

  • German Mangelwurzel alteration (influenced by Mangel scarcity) of Mangoldwurzel Mangold beet (from Middle High German mānegolt) Wurzel root wrād- in Indo-European roots

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