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ˈpɑr snɪpparsnip

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. parsnipnoun

    the whitish root of cultivated parsnip

  2. parsnip, Pastinaca sativanoun

    a strong-scented plant cultivated for its edible root

  3. parsnipnoun

    whitish edible root; eaten cooked


  1. parsnipnoun

    A biennial plant, Pastinaca sativa, related to the carrot.

  2. parsnipnoun

    The root of the parsnip, when used as a vegetable.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Parsnipnoun

    the aromatic and edible spindle-shaped root of the cultivated form of the Pastinaca sativa, a biennial umbelliferous plant which is very poisonous in its wild state; also, the plant itself

    Etymology: [OE. parsnepe, from a French form, fr. L. pastinaca; cf. pastinare to dig up, pastinum a kind of dibble; cf. OF. pastenade, pastenaque.]


  1. Parsnip

    The parsnip is a root vegetable closely related to the carrot. It is a biennial plant usually grown as an annual. Its long tuberous root has cream-colored skin and flesh and can be left in the ground when mature as it becomes sweeter in flavour after winter frosts. In its first growing season, the plant has a rosette of pinnate, mid-green leaves. If unharvested, it produces its flowering stem, topped by an umbel of small yellow flowers, in its second growing season. By this time the stem is woody and the tuber inedible. The seeds are pale brown, flat and winged. The parsnip is native to Eurasia. It has been used as a vegetable since ancient times and was cultivated by the Romans, although there is some confusion in the literature of the time between parsnips and carrots. It was used as a sweetener before the arrival in Europe of cane sugar. It was introduced into the United States in the nineteenth century. The parsnip is usually cooked but can also be eaten raw. It is high in vitamins and minerals, especially potassium. It also contains antioxidants and both soluble and insoluble dietary fiber. It can be cultivated in deep, stone-free soils and is attacked by the carrot fly and other insect pests, viruses and fungal diseases, of which canker is the most serious. In sunlight, handling the stems and foliage can cause a skin rash.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Parsnip

    Parsnep, pärs′nip, n. an edible plant with a carrot-like root. [O. Fr. pastenaque—L. pastinacapastinum, a dibble.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of parsnip in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of parsnip in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

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