from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A native of Sweden, a kingdom of Europe which occupies the eastern part of the Scandinavian peninsula. Since 1814 it has been united with Norway under a common sovereign.
  • noun [cap. or lowercase] A Swedish turnip.
  • noun A cannon consisting of a thin metal tube wound around with rope and covered with leather.

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

  • noun A native or inhabitant of Sweden.
  • noun (Bot.) A Swedish turnip. See under Turnip.

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

  • noun chiefly UK The fleshy yellow root of a variety of rape, Brassica napus, resembling a large turnip, grown as a vegetable.
  • noun The plant from which this is obtained.
  • noun Scotland, Ireland, Northern England The turnip.

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

  • noun the large yellow root of a rutabaga plant used as food
  • noun a native or inhabitant of Sweden
  • noun a cruciferous plant with a thick bulbous edible yellow root


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

[From its introduction from Sweden.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From the earlier term Swedish turnip, because the Swedes introduced the plant to the English in the 1700s.



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  • A large variety of turnip, the rutabaga; also slang for the head of a person.

    June 23, 2008