from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A variety of the common beet having a large yellowish root, used chiefly as cattle feed.

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  • n. Alternative spelling of mangelwurzel.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A kind of large field beet (Beta macrorhiza), used as food for cattle, -- by some considered a mere variety of the ordinary beet. See beet.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A variety of beet, Beta vulgaris macrorhiza, producing a larger and coarser root than the garden-beet, which is extensively cultivated as food for cattle.

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  • n. cultivated as feed for livestock
  • n. beet with a large yellowish root; grown chiefly as cattle feed


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

German Mangelwurzel, alteration (influenced by Mangel, scarcity) of Mangoldwurzel : Mangold, beet (from Middle High German mānegolt) + Wurzel, root.


  • In Europe there is grown widely a large beet they call the mangel-wurzel.

    La insistencia de Jürgen Fauth

  • Certainly there is mangel-wurzel in the music of Wagner, although it is another composer whose name begins, B-e-e-t --.

    La insistencia de Jürgen Fauth

  • Is there a position in the Kama Sutra that we have not mastered, a recipe for mangel-wurzel that our cook pot hasn't memorized?

    La insistencia de Jürgen Fauth

  • Another column of smoke erupted from the tank car of compressed mangel-wurzel, delaying any hopes the neighbors might have had of returning to their homes.

    La insistencia de Jürgen Fauth

  • Perhaps it is mangel-wurzel that we see in Rasputin.

    La insistencia de Jürgen Fauth

  • The cigar looked like some kind of vegetable, a root crop, related, perhaps, to the mangel-wurzel.

    La insistencia de Jürgen Fauth

  • They dined on Indian corn, mangel-wurzel, fish scraps and whatever else was fed them, including the pith of the palm and tree fern.

    Morgan’s Run

  • He skirts their fires, stealthy - All he wants is a handful of greens here, a carrot or mangel-wurzel there, just to keep him going.

    Gravity's Rainbow

  • I am of a sensitive nature, and it cut me to the heart to see cold winds nipping the fruit and trees, the flood of rain beating down the corn, the oats, and the mangel-wurzel.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 101, October 17, 1891

  • Each of the giraffes eats daily eighteen pounds of clover hay, and the same quantity of a mixed vegetable diet, consisting of turnips, mangel-wurzel, carrots, barley, and split beans; in spring they have green tares and clover, and are exceedingly fond of onions.

    Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Vol. 3, July, 1851


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  • Also mangold-wurzel or mangoldwurzel, among others. I can't help thinking of hurdy-gurdies though. Could one construct one from the other?

    April 21, 2008