Definition of mangel in English:


(also mangel-wurzel)

Pronunciation /ˈmaNGɡəl/ /ˈmæŋɡəl/

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  • A beet of a variety with a large root, cultivated as feed for livestock.

    Beta vulgaris subsp. crassa, family Chenopodiaceae

    ‘A couple of the beds will be given more attention, and fennel, mangels and sprouting broccoli sown in them.’
    • ‘I'm late sowing runner beans, fennel and mangels (for Smokey and the pigs) but all will go in tomorrow.’
    • ‘Cattle farming required a more intensive cultivation of fodder crops such as maize, potatoes, turnips, and mangels.’
    • ‘A mangel-wurzel is a type of beet, bigger than your average beet’
    • ‘This group includes Sugar Beets, grown for sugar extraction and mangel-wurzels, grown for livestock feed.’
    • ‘The mangel-wurzels were pulled by hand and lead back to the yard by the same horses and carts.’
    • ‘Other crops grown over a comparatively small acreage were beans, turnips, potatoes, oats, barley, mangel-wurzels, clover, tares, peas, and rye; these accounted for the remainder of the arable land.’
    • ‘The beetroot is important economically, for its siblings, the sugar beet and the mangel-wurzel, both played dramatic parts in recent history.’
    • ‘A mangel-wurzel is a stubborn root that parts company with the earth only after a vigorous tussle, and I don't envy Rab Butler his summer, even though he was paid 8¢ an hour.’
    • ‘Swiss chard, garden beets, stock beets, or mangel-wurzels, and sugar beets all belong to the same species and will intercross readily.’
    • ‘Could it be that, having watered down the chicken with non-specific mince you are now further diluting your capital costs with low grade mangel-wurzels?’
    • ‘These lanterns were mangel-wurzels (large beets) or pumpkins hollowed out with a ghostly face cut into them, illuminated by a candle placed inside.’
    • ‘The availability of such compounds is taken for granted these days, but the laborious task of extracting glutamine from kilogram quantities of mangel-wurzels clearly made an impression on the young Williamson.’
    • ‘For Punkie Night, children carry lanterns made from hollowed-out mangel-wurzels (these days pumpkins are used) with faces cut out of them around the village boundary, collecting money and singing the punkie song.’
    • ‘They belong to the botanical species Beta vulgaris, which also includes sugar beets, mangel-wurzels (very large roots used as animal fodder), foliage beets, and Swiss chard.’


Mid 19th century from German Mangoldwurzel, from Mangold ‘beet’ + Wurzel ‘root’.