from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A widely cultivated Eurasian plant (Brassica rapa) of the mustard family, having a large fleshy edible yellow or white root.
- n. The root of this plant, eaten as a vegetable.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The white root of a yellow-flowered plant, Brassica rapa, grown as a vegetable and as fodder for cattle.
- n. The yellow root of a related plant, the swede or Brassica napus.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The edible, fleshy, roundish, or somewhat conical, root of a cruciferous plant (Brassica campestris, var. Napus); also, the plant itself.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The thick fleshy root of the plant designated by Linnæus as Brassica Rapa, but now believed to be a variety, together with the rape (which see), of B. campestris, a plant found wild, in varieties corresponding to these plants, in Europe and Asiatic Russia (see navew); also, the plant itself, a common garden and field crop.
- n. Same as Indian turnip.
- n. (See also lion's-turnip, prairie-turnip.)
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. widely cultivated plant having a large fleshy edible white or yellow root
- n. root of any of several members of the mustard family
tur-, of unknown meaning + dialectal nepe, turnip (from Middle English, from Old English nǣp, from Latin nāpus).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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. (Wiktionary)