Definition of turnip in English:


Pronunciation /ˈtərnəp/

Translate turnip into Spanish


  • 1A round root with white or cream flesh which is eaten as a vegetable and also has edible leaves.

    ‘Besides carrots, other root vegetables include turnips, parsnips, radishes, beets and rutabagas.’
    • ‘If you'd like to extend the harvest of carrots, turnips and other root vegetables, leave some in the ground to mulch as the weather gets colder.’
    • ‘Buried in this dirt, which remained cool but didn't freeze in the winter - were potatoes, carrots, turnips, and other root vegetables.’
    • ‘The Celeriac is known as the beast of vegetables a turnip rooted, celery topped winter crop that is predominantly used in stews or soups.’
    • ‘This diet suggests daily doses of fresh vegetables, including turnips, mustard greens, bean sprouts, bamboo shoots, bok choy, ginger root and sea vegetables.’
    • ‘This cool but rewarding wine would make a keen companion for a curried vegetable stew of spicy curried parsnips, turnips, carrots, potatoes and baby onions.’
    • ‘Outside the cavern I had viewed various edible herbs and plants such as onions and turnips as well as roots and grasses.’
    • ‘The radishes, beets, turnips, carrots and other root vegetables grown at the Student Organic Farm are direct seeded.’
    • ‘Washing of vegetables: Ground grown vegetables like carrot, turnip, radish, should be washed thoroughly by running water.’
    • ‘The bulk of the book is devoted to detailed instructions on how to grow over 70 vegetables from sprouts, onions and turnips to the more exotic Mibuna and Mizuma greens, Pak Choi and winter squash.’
    • ‘Vegetables grown around the lakes such as spinach, turnips, and tomatoes are sold at dawn in a unique floating market from one boat to another.’
    • ‘Three healthy helpings of fresh mashed potatoes, turnips, carrots and green beans augmented by a some succulent gravy could tackle the eating powers of many an athlete.’
    • ‘Bob's family farmed the 36 acre island, growing onions, turnips, barley and potatoes.’
    • ‘They are as different from the fat autumn turnips as petit pois are from marrowfat peas.’
    • ‘Couscous, a dish made with granulated seminola grains, is usually topped with mutton, veal, or beef and a variety of vegetables such as tomatoes, turnips, and pimentos.’
    • ‘Plant cool-weather vegetables such as beets, kale, lettuce, peas, radishes, spinach and turnips in late July, but keep them well watered and mulched.’
    • ‘As long as there were scraps of potatoes, carrots, turnips and the like, the pig could be fattened and eventually sold for profit.’
    • ‘The chicken kiev was slightly crispy and accompanied by the staple favourites potatoes, carrots and turnips.’
    • ‘There were eight kinds of preserved cabbage, soybeans, turnips and mushrooms served as appetizers.’
    • ‘Did the menu say those roasted wedges on the side were potatoes, turnips or parsnips?’
    1. 1.1A root similar or related to the turnip, especially a rutabaga.
  • 2The European plant of the cabbage family which produces the turnip.

    Brassica rapa, family Brassicaceae: ‘rapifera’ group

    ‘Cabbage, cauliflower, turnips, kohlrabi and Brussels sprouts predominate, but he also grows potatoes and sugar snap peas.’
    • ‘Both plants belong to the crucifer family which also includes turnip, cabbage, and mustard.’
    • ‘John Hadley builds his house in 1778 from the timbers of wrecked boats, while the British blockade the port and his wife, Coral, plants turnips and sweet peas.’
    • ‘They plant sweet peas and turnips and make great plans.’
    • ‘Staples, such as cabbages, potatoes, turnips, and field peas, were usually grown in the fields.’
    • ‘There's nothing I enjoy more than planting some turnips, going to sleep and waking up in the morning to turnip sprouts.’
    • ‘Plant rape and turnips in July and August to provide grazing in November and December.’
    • ‘Every farmer should grow his own seed, as he cannot be over particular in choosing the turnips for planting for seed.’
    • ‘Sixty-four-year-old David Masilo has learnt gardening skills and now, with a donation of land by Region 4, is a proud gardener with rows of Chinese cabbages, spinach, carrots and turnips.’
    • ‘Now, he is a proud gardener with rows of Chinese cabbages, spinach, carrots and turnips growing from those trenches.’
    • ‘I would like to know when turnips should be thinned.’
    • ‘A few turnip seeds sown now for Summer and Fall, reserving for a larger planting in late July for winter storage, is a good rule to follow.’
    • ‘There are several interesting and highly nutritious root crops that can be used for animal feed, such as turnips, fodder beets and rutabagas.’
    • ‘Once seed sets on the oats the animals go back and forth in their grazing preference so the oats reseed and turnips continue to grow all the way into winter.’
    • ‘Beets, carrots, parsnips, and turnips can be left in the ground for winter harvest if mulched with 6 to 12 inches of hay or straw.’
    • ‘Lena rolled her eyes, stepping over a pile of discarded weeds next to a garden of growing turnips.’
    • ‘Some graziers are planting paddocks with kale or turnips for winter forage in the North.’
    • ‘His form of sulfur actually comes from live plants in the Brassica genus - such as broccoli, cauliflower, turnip, radish, and canola.’
    • ‘They have done experiments to see whether kale and turnip plants could possibly take up the excess that sometimes builds up in drainage water from irrigation operations.’
    • ‘He grows oats, turnips and grass for silage and has introduced 140 Highland cattle, who remain its only occupants.’
  • 3informal, dated A large, thick, old-fashioned pocket watch.


Mid 16th century first element of unknown origin + neep.