<botany> The edible, fleshy, roundish, or somewhat conical, root of a cruciferous plant (Brassica campestris, var. Napus); also, the plant itself.

<botany> Swedish turnip The turnip flea. A two-winged fly (Anthomyia radicum) whose larvae live in the turnip root.

Alternative forms: turnep.

Origin: OE. Turnep; probably fr. Turn, or F. Tour a turn, turning lathe + OE. Nepe a turnip, AS. Naepe, L. Napus. Cf. Turn, Navew.

(01 Mar 1998)

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