from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A Eurasian plant (Raphanus sativus) in the mustard family, having a fleshy edible root and white to purple flowers clustered in a terminal raceme.
  • noun The pungent root of this plant, often eaten raw.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A plant, Raphanus sativus, cultivated for its edible root; also other species of the same genus. (See phrases below.)
  • noun A root of this plant.
  • noun Same as water-radish.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Bot.) The pungent fleshy root of a well-known cruciferous plant (Raphanus sativus); also, the whole plant.
  • noun (Zoöl.) a small two-winged fly (Anthomyia raphani) whose larvæ burrow in radishes. It resembles the onion fly.
  • noun (Bot.) an herb (Raphanus caudatus) having a long, slender pod, which is sometimes eaten.
  • noun (Bot.) the jointed charlock.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A plant of the Brassicaceae family, Raphanus sativus, having an edible root
  • noun The pungent root of this plant, usually eaten raw in salads etc

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

  • noun a cruciferous plant of the genus Raphanus having a pungent edible root
  • noun radish of Japan with a long hard durable root eaten raw or cooked
  • noun pungent edible root of any of various cultivated radish plants
  • noun Eurasian plant widely cultivated for its edible pungent root usually eaten raw
  • noun pungent fleshy edible root


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

[Middle English radiche, from Old English rædic, from Latin rādīx, rādīc-, root; see wrād- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Old English redic, rædic, from Latin rādīce, the ablative singular of rādix ("root"); later readopted from French radis, from Portuguese raditz, from Latin. Also see: eradicate.



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  • Somewhat rad.

    November 22, 2008

  • Nice!

    November 22, 2008

  • A plate belonging to an Egyptian sun god.

    November 22, 2008

  • I like WeirdNet's "pungent fleshy edible root" better than "radish." I think I'll use that from now on.

    November 23, 2008

  • I lerve whichbe's definition. Great citation on destiny, too.

    May 24, 2009

  • rad-ish! to reiterate whichbe's definition.

    November 11, 2010

  • Night of the Radishes.

    December 23, 2010

  • I began harvesting the first crop of radishes from my vegetable garden in the Gem State last night. Plump like a plum; as big as your thumb.

    June 13, 2011

  • I've picked a few picayune specimens already, or rather my kids have. And yesterday we had our first strawberry, surprisingly red after a soggy spring.

    June 13, 2011

  • My old link isn't so rad. Here's another:

    June 15, 2012