A beet is a reddish-purple colored root vegetable. You can roast beets, slice them, and add them to a salad.

When you peel a cooked beet, your fingers will be temporarily stained red. Beets are distinctive for their deep color and their round shape — though there are also a few varieties that are yellow. You can eat both the round, fleshy part of a beet plant and also its green leaves. The British version of beet, which is thought to have a Celtic origin, is beetroot.

Definitions of beet
  1. noun
    biennial Eurasian plant usually having a swollen edible root; widely cultivated as a food crop
    synonyms: Beta vulgaris, common beet
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    Beta vulgaris rubra, beetroot
    beet having a massively swollen red root; widely grown for human consumption
    Beta vulgaris cicla, Swiss chard, chard, chard plant, leaf beet, spinach beet
    beet lacking swollen root; grown as a vegetable for its edible leaves and stalks
    Beta vulgaris vulgaris, mangel-wurzel, mangold, mangold-wurzel
    beet with a large yellowish root; grown chiefly as cattle feed
    sugar beet
    form of the common beet having a sweet white root from which sugar is obtained
    type of:
    any of various herbaceous plants cultivated for an edible part such as the fruit or the root of the beet or the leaf of spinach or the seeds of bean plants or the flower buds of broccoli or cauliflower
  2. noun
    round red root vegetable
    synonyms: beetroot
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    sugar beet
    white-rooted beet grown as a source of sugar
    cultivated as feed for livestock
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    root vegetable
    any of various fleshy edible underground roots or tubers
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