parsnip


parsnip

noun

  1. a plant, Pastinaca sativa, cultivated varieties of which have a large, whitish, edible root.
  2. the root of this plant.

noun

  1. a strong-scented umbelliferous plant, Pastinaca sativa, cultivated for its long whitish root
  2. the root of this plant, eaten as a vegetable
  3. any of several similar plants, esp the cow parsnip

n.16c., parsnepe, corruption (by influence of Middle English nepe “turnip;” see neep) of Middle English passenep (late 14c.), from Old French pasnaise “parsnip,” also “male member” (Modern French panais), from Latin pastinaca “parsnip, carrot,” from pastinum “two-pronged fork” (related to pastinare “to dig up the ground”); so called from the shape of the root. The parsnip was considered a kind of turnip.

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