Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A biennial Eurasian plant (Beta vulgaris) grown as a crop plant for its edible roots and leaves.
  • n. The swollen root of this plant eaten as a vegetable, typically having reddish flesh.
  • n. The sugar beet.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Beta vulgaris, a plant with a swollen root which is eaten or used to make sugar.
  • n. An individual plant (organism) of that species.
  • n. A swollen root of such a plant.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A biennial plant of the genus Beta, which produces an edible root the first year and seed the second year.
  • n. The root of plants of the genus Beta, different species and varieties of which are used for the table, for feeding stock, or in making sugar.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make better; improve; alleviate or relieve (hunger, thirst, grief, the needs of a person, etc.).
  • To mend; repair; put to rights.
  • To make or kindle (a fire); hence, to fire or rouse.
  • To mend or replenish (a fire); add fuel to.
  • n. A plant of the genus Beta, natural order Chenopodiaceœ.
  • n. Same as beat.
  • n. Same as beat.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. round red root vegetable
  • n. biennial Eurasian plant usually having a swollen edible root; widely cultivated as a food crop

Etymologies

Middle English bete, from Old English bēte, from Latin bēta.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English, from Old English bete, from Latin beta. Most likely of Celtic etymology. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Therefore, Wiggs kept the word beet to himself, fine and private, despite his sensitivity to Priscilla's burning curiosity about the comettailed vegetable that had extended its crimson orbit into her atmosphere.

    La insistencia de Jürgen Fauth

  • And yet ever so simple, just hard-boiled eggs soaked overnight in beet juice.

    Archive 2005-03-01

  • In addition, a minimum pricing system run by the CAP [Common Agricultural Policy] guarantees that sugar made from his beet is bought for at least three times more than world prices.

    Archive 2005-06-01

  • In Michoacan, a piece of beet is often added instead of jamaica to color the punch.

    Holiday punch: Ponche navideño

  • Red beet is cultivated in the same manner, and plants that are sown in March will have roots ready for the table in September or October.

    The Lady's Country Companion: or, How to Enjoy a Country Life Rationally

  • The first time she met a beet was the day she landed in Chicago.

    One Big Table

  • The beet is the melancholy vegetable, the one most willing to suffer.

    La insistencia de Jürgen Fauth

  • The beet is the murderer returned to the scene of the crime.

    La insistencia de Jürgen Fauth

  • The beet is the ancient ancestor of the autumn moon, bearded, buried, all but fossilized; the dark green sails of the grounded moon-boat stitched with veins of primordial plasma; the kite string that once connected the moon to the Earth now a muddy whisker drilling desperately for rubies.

    La insistencia de Jürgen Fauth

  • We also have  successfully tropicalized the sugar beet, which is typically a temperate climate crop, to produce sugar and ethanol.

    It’s the Agronomy, Stupid

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