from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A strong-scented plant (Pastinaca sativa) cultivated for its long, white, edible, fleshy root.
- n. The root of this plant.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A biennial plant, Pastinaca sativa, related to the carrot.
- n. The root of the parsnip, when used as a vegetable.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A biennial plant, Peucedanum (Pastinaca) sativum, native through temperate Europe and part of Asia, and widely cultivated in gardens, thence again running wild.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. whitish edible root; eaten cooked
- n. the whitish root of cultivated parsnip
- n. a strong-scented plant cultivated for its edible root
Middle English pasnepe, alteration (influenced by nep, turnip) of Old French pasnaie, from Latin pastināca, from pastinum, a kind of two-pronged dibble.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
16th century parsnepe, from Middle English passenep, corruption of a borrowing of Old French pasnaie by influence of nepe ("turnip"), from Latin pastinaca ("parsnip, carrot"), from pastinum ("two-pronged fork"); related to pastinare ("to dig up the ground"). (Wiktionary)