Turnip meaning

tûr'nĭp
A widely cultivated Eurasian plant (Brassica rapa) of the mustard family, having a large rounded edible whitish root and edible leaves.
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The root of this plant, eaten as a vegetable.
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A pocket watch.
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The root of either of these plants.
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The white root of a yellow-flowered plant, Brassica rapa, grown as a vegetable and as fodder for cattle.
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(Scotland, Ireland, Cornish, Atlantic Canada) The yellow root of a related plant, the swede or Brassica napus.
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Origin of turnip

  • tur- of unknown origin English dialectal nepe turnip (from Middle English) (from Old English nǣp) (from Latin nāpus)
    From 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 næp, from Latin napus. Cognate to neep; see also parsnip.
    From Wiktionary