(Scotland, Ireland, Cornish, Atlantic Canada) The yellow root of a related plant, the swede or Brassica napus.
Origin of turnip
tur-of unknown origin English dialectal nepeturnip (from Middle English) (from Old English nǣp) (from Latin nāpus)
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From turnepe, probably from turn (due to round shape, as though turned on a lathe) + Middle English nepe, from Old English nÃ¦p, from Latinnapus. Cognate to neep; see also parsnip.
Turnip Sentence Examples
If the turnip is dry, it is watered, each drop carefully metered out.
Many years after that, some funny little verses about Mr. Finney's turnip were printed in a newspaper.
The valleys and slopes are carefully cultivated in fields divided by stone walls, and produce beans, peas, sweet potatoes, "Russian turnip radish," barley, a little rice and millet, the last being the staple article of diet.
The cultivation of the turnip and other root crops, which require the soil to be wrought to a deep and free tilth, either becomes altdgether impracticable and must be abandoned for the safe but costly bare fallow, or is carried out with great labour and hazard; and the crop, when grown, can neither be removed from the ground, nor consumed upon it by sheep without damage by "poaching."