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Princeton's WordNet

  1. beet, common beet, Beta vulgarisnoun

    biennial Eurasian plant usually having a swollen edible root; widely cultivated as a food crop

  2. beet, beetrootnoun

    round red root vegetable


  1. beetnoun

    Beta vulgaris, a plant with a swollen root which is eaten or used to make sugar.

    The beet is a hardy species.

  2. beetnoun

    An individual plant 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?

  3. beetnoun

    A swollen root of such a plant.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Beetnoun

    The name of a plant.

    Etymology: beta, Lat.

    It hath a thick, fleshy root; the flowers have no visible leaves, but many stamina, or threads, collected into a globe; the cup of the flower is divided into five segments; the seeds are covered with an hard outer coat, and grow two or three together in a bunch. The species are;
    1. The common white beet.
    2. The common green beet.
    3. The common red beet.
    4. The turnep-rooted red beet.
    5. The great red beet.
    6. The yellow beet.
    7. The Swiss or Chard beet. The two first mentioned are preserved in gardens, for the use of their leaves in pot herbs. The other sorts are propagated for their roots, which are boiled as parsneps. The red beet is most commonly cultivated and used in garnishing dishes. The Swiss beet is by some much esteemed. Philip Miller.


  1. beet

    The beetroot is the taproot portion of a beet plant, usually known in North America as beets while the vegetable is referred to as beetroot in British English, and also known as the table beet, garden beet, red beet, dinner beet or golden beet. It is one of several cultivated varieties of Beta vulgaris grown for their edible taproots and leaves (called beet greens); they have been classified as B. vulgaris subsp. vulgaris Conditiva Group.Other cultivars of the same species include the sugar beet, the leaf vegetable known as chard or spinach beet, and mangelwurzel, which is a fodder crop. Three subspecies are typically recognized.


  1. beet

    Beet is a root vegetable that is scientifically known as Beta vulgaris, known for its dark red edible root which is rich in essential vitamins and minerals. It is consumed in various forms like juice, salads, soup, and pickles. Some varieties of beet are also grown for their leaves like the beet greens. Originally found in the Mediterranean region of Europe, it is now cultivated worldwide. Beets are also used in making sugar and animal feed.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Beetnoun

    a biennial plant of the genus Beta, which produces an edible root the first year and seed the second year

  2. Beetnoun

    the root of plants of the genus Beta, different species and varieties of which are used for the table, for feeding stock, or in making sugar


  1. Beet

    Beta vulgaris is a plant in the Chenopodiaceae family which is now included in Amaranthaceae family. It has numerous cultivated varieties, the most well known of which is the root vegetable known as the beetroot or garden beet. However, other cultivated varieties include the leaf vegetable chard, as well as the root vegetable sugar beet, which is important in the production of table sugar, and mangelwurzel, which is a fodder crop. Three subspecies are typically recognised. All cultivated varieties fall into the subspecies Beta vulgaris subsp. vulgaris, while Beta vulgaris subsp. maritima, commonly known as the sea beet, is the wild ancestor of these, and is found throughout the Mediterranean, the Atlantic coast of Europe, the Near East, and India. A second wild subspecies, Beta vulgaris subsp. adanensis, occurs from Greece to Syria. The roots are most commonly deep red-purple in color, but come in a wide variety of other shades, including golden yellow and red-and-white striped. Beta vulgaris is a herbaceous biennial or, rarely, perennial plant with leafy stems growing to 1–2 m tall. The leaves are heart-shaped, 5–20 cm long on wild plants. The flowers are produced in dense spikes; each flower is very small, 3–5 mm diameter, green or tinged reddish, with five petals; they are wind pollinated. The fruit is a cluster of hard nutlets.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Beet

    bēt, n. a plant with a carrot-shaped succulent root, eaten as food, from which sugar is extracted.—ns. Beet′-fly, a two-winged insect, which deposits its eggs on beet or mangel-wurzel, and whose larvæ are injurious to the plant; Beet′root, the root of the beet plant. [A.S. béte (Fr. bette)—L. bēta.]

  2. Beet

    Bete, bēt, v.t. (obs. except dial.) to improve, mend, to kindle a fire, to rouse. [A.S. bóetan, bétan; cf. bót, Boot.]

Editors Contribution

  1. beet

    A type of cultivar, plant and seed created in various colors and species.

    Beet us primarily grown to produce a form of root vegetable we know as beet or beetroot.

    Submitted by MaryC on May 26, 2016  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of beet in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of beet in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of beet in a Sentence

  1. Eva Longoria:

    Look at this! Is that not the most beautiful combination of tomatoes you’ve ever seen? the sweetness of this bright purple beet puree balances the tomatoes’ acidity.

  2. Franklin Becker:

    I’m not necessarily saying that gluten is the devil to everyone but its certainly the devil to enough people out there that it was a logical choice to make The Little Beet gluten free.

  3. Luther Markwart:

    This is simply a beet issue.

  4. Eva Longoria:

    The sweetness of this bright purple beet puree balances the tomatoes’ acidity.

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