Definitions for horseradishˈhɔrsˌræd ɪʃ
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a cultivated plant, Armoracia rusticana, of the mustard family, having small white flowers.
the pungent root of this plant, grated and used as a condiment.
Origin of horseradish:
horseradish, horseradish root(noun)
the root of the horseradish plant; it is grated or ground and used for seasoning
horseradish, horse radish, red cole, Armoracia rusticana(noun)
coarse Eurasian plant cultivated for its thick white pungent root
grated horseradish root
A plant of the mustard family, Armoracia rusticana.
A pungent condiment made from the root of the plant.
Origin: From horse + radish.
Horseradish is a perennial plant of the Brassicaceae family. The plant is probably native to southeastern Europe and western Asia. It is now popular around the world. It grows up to 1.5 meters tall, and is cultivated primarily for its large, white, tapered root. The intact horseradish root has hardly any aroma. When cut or grated, however, enzymes from the now-broken plant cells break down sinigrin to produce allyl isothiocyanate, which irritates the mucous membranes of the sinuses and eyes. Once exposed to air or heat, if not used immediately or mixed in vinegar, the grated mash darkens, loses its pungency, and becomes unpleasantly bitter-tasting.
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