A turnip is a slightly bitter-flavored root vegetable. In Japan, it's common to pickle turnips and serve them as a cold snack or in a stir fry with other vegetables.

You can recognize a turnip by its roundish shape and its white color, often accented at the top by pink or purple. Turnips also have green leaves that can be cooked and eaten. Some people also call rutabagas turnips, although these are actually a cross between a turnip and cabbage. Experts think the turn part of turnip stems from the idea that it looks like it's been turned, or rotated and shaped, on a lathe.

Definitions of turnip

n widely cultivated plant having a large fleshy edible white or yellow root

Brassica rapa, white turnip
Type of:
turnip plant
any of several widely cultivated plants having edible roots

n root of any of several members of the mustard family

white turnip
white root of a turnip plant
rutabaga, swede, swedish turnip, yellow turnip
the large yellow root of a rutabaga plant used as food
Type of:
root vegetable
any of various fleshy edible underground roots or tubers
cruciferous vegetable
a vegetable of the mustard family: especially mustard greens; various cabbages; broccoli; cauliflower; brussels sprouts

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