beet

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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
beet /bit/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. [uncountable] a plant having a fleshy red or white root.
  2. Plant Biology, Food the root of such a plant:[countable]We had beets for dinner.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
beet  (bēt),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Plant Biologyany of various biennial plants belonging to the genus Beta, of the goosefoot family, esp. B. vulgaris, having a fleshy red or white root. Cf. sugar beet.
  2. Plant Biologythe edible root of such a plant.
  3. Plant Biologythe leaves of such a plant, served as a salad or cooked vegetable.
beetlike′, adj. 
  • Latin bēta
  • Middle English bete, Old English bēte bef. 1000

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
beet /biːt/ n
  1. any chenopodiaceous plant of the genus Beta, esp the Eurasian species B. vulgaris, widely cultivated in such varieties as the sugar beet, mangelwurzel, beetroot, and spinach beet
  2. the leaves of any of several varieties of this plant, which are cooked and eaten as a vegetable
  3. red beet
    the US name for beetroot
Etymology: Old English bēte, from Latin bēta
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