Turnip vs Beet - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between turnip and beet

is that turnip is the white root of a yellow-flowered plant, brassica rapa , grown as a vegetable and as fodder for cattle while beet is bed (for plants).

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(en noun)
  • The white root of a yellow-flowered plant, Brassica rapa , grown as a vegetable and as fodder for cattle.
  • (Scotland, Ireland, Cornwall, Atlantic Canada) The yellow root of a related plant, the swede or Brassica napus .
  • Synonyms

    * (Brassica rapa) (summer turnip), swede (Ireland, Northern England, Scotland), tumshie (Scotland), white turnip (Cornwall, Scotland)

    Derived terms

    * fall off the turnip truck * Swedish turnip * (turnip flea) * (turnip fly)

    See also

    * rutabaga * swede * turnip greens





  • (singulare tantum, sometimes, definite) Beta vulgaris , a plant with a swollen root which is eaten or used to make sugar.
  • The beet is a hardy species.
  • (countable) An individual plant (organism) of that species.
  • They sell beets by the pound in the supermarket. All I want is the roots. Can I cut off the roots and buy them alone?
  • (countable) A swollen root of such a plant.
  • Derived terms

    * beetroot * beeturia * lettucebeet * mangel beet * red beet * silverbeet * sugar beet, sugarbeet

    See also

    * (wikipedia "beet") * (Beta vulgaris) * (commonslite) * chard * mangelwurzel * orach * spinach