- 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
- the leaves of any of several varieties of this plant, which are cooked and eaten as a vegetable
- red beet ⇒
the US name for beetroot
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beet /bit/USA pronunciation n.WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
- [uncountable] a plant having a fleshy red or white root.
- Plant Biology, Food the root of such a plant:[countable]We had beets for dinner.
beet (bēt),USA pronunciation n.
- 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.
- Plant Biologythe edible root of such a plant.
- Plant Biologythe leaves of such a plant, served as a salad or cooked vegetable.
- Latin bēta
- Middle English bete, Old English bēte bef. 1000
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beet /biːt/ n
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