Rutabaga meaning

ro͝otə-bāgə, ro͝otə-, ro͝otə-bāgə, ro͝otə-
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A plant (Brassica napus var. napobrassica) in the mustard family, having a thick bulbous yellowish root used as a vegetable.
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The edible root of this plant.
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A turniplike plant (Brassica napobrassica) of the crucifer family, with a large, yellow root.
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This edible root.
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(North America) The swede, or Swedish turnip; the European plant Brassica napus.
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(North America) The edible root of this plant.
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Origin of rutabaga

  • Swedish dialectal rotabagge rot root (from Old Norse rōt wrād- in Indo-European roots) bagge bag (from Old Norse baggi)

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

  • 1799, from Swedish rotabagge, a dialectal word from Västergötland, from rot (“root") +"Ž bagge (“bag").

    From Wiktionary