Definition of Parsnip

1. Noun. The whitish root of cultivated parsnip.

Group relationships: Cultivated Parsnip
Generic synonyms: Root



2. Noun. A strong-scented plant cultivated for its edible root.
Exact synonyms: Pastinaca Sativa
Generic synonyms: Herb, Herbaceous Plant
Group relationships: Genus Pastinaca, Pastinaca
Specialized synonyms: Cultivated Parsnip, Madnep, Wild Parsnip

3. Noun. Whitish edible root; eaten cooked.
Generic synonyms: Root Vegetable
Group relationships: Cultivated Parsnip

Definition of Parsnip

1. n. 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.

Definition of Parsnip

1. Noun. A biennial plant, ''Pastinaca sativa'', related to the carrot. ¹

2. Noun. The root of the parsnip, when used as a vegetable. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Parsnip

1. a European herb [n -S]

Medical Definition of Parsnip

1. 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. Cow parsnip. See Cow parsnip. Meadow parsnip, the European cow parsnip. Poison parsnip, the wild stock of the parsnip. Water parsnip, any plant of the umbelliferous genus Sium, the species of which are poisonous. Origin: OE. Parsnepe, from a French form, fr. L. Pastinaca; cf. Pastinare to dig up, pastinum a kind of dibble; cf. OF. Pastenade, pastenaque. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Parsnip

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Literary usage of Parsnip

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1. Report of the Annual Meeting (1863)
"On the Ennobling of Roots, with particular reference to the parsnip. ... This new variety of parsnip is now well known to the gardener under the name of the ..."

2. Cyclopedia of American Horticulture: Comprising Suggestions for Cultivation by Liberty Hyde Bailey, Wilhelm Miller (1901)
"N. Calif., north to the Lower Columbia river. L HB parsnip ... The drawback to parsnip growing, in his estimation, is the length of time which the crop ..."

3. The Natural History of Pliny by Pliny, John Bostock, Henry Thomas Riley (1856)
"THE parsnip : FIVE REMEDIES. ... resemblance to the parsnip ;79 it is good for ulcerations of the cartilages, ... OB WILD parsnip: TWENTY- TWO REMEDIES. ..."

4. Mountain and Prairie: A Journey from Victoria to Winnipeg Via Peace River Pass by Daniel Miner Gordon (1880)
"The Nation Eiver joins the parsnip from the west about thirty-two miles below the mouth of Pack Eiver, after receiving the waters of numerous lakes that lie ..."

5. History of Cultivated Vegetables: Comprising Their Botanical, Medicinal by Henry Phillips (1822)
"THE garden parsnip, Pastinaca sativa, is thought to be a native plant, and to have been procured by cultivation from the wild parsnip, Pastinaca sylvestris ..."

6. The Book of the Garden by Charles McIntosh (1855)
"Phillips asserts (but of this we have doubts) that if the wild parsnip is ... In former times the parsnip was more generally used as an article of food than ..."

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