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

  • n. See rutabaga.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The fleshy yellow root of a variety of rape, Brassica napus, resembling a large turnip, grown as a vegetable.
  • n. The plant from which this is obtained.
  • n. The turnip.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A native or inhabitant of Sweden.
  • n. A Swedish turnip. See under Turnip.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. 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.
  • n. [cap. or lowercase] A Swedish turnip.
  • n. A cannon consisting of a thin metal tube wound around with rope and covered with leather.

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

  • n. the large yellow root of a rutabaga plant used as food
  • n. a native or inhabitant of Sweden
  • n. 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.

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


  • Michel Gondry, the movie’s director, has now filmed a spoof (or as the characters in the movie call it – swede) of his own movie’s trailer, in the spirit of the characters in his movie.

    Michel Gondry spoofs (swedes) his own trailer! » Scene-Stealers

  • I think a rutabaga is what, in England, we called a swede - yellowish, large root vegetable - good mashed with lots of butter.

    [jennifer rose] What Can't You Get in Mexico?

  • Would scarce have pluck to sneak a swede from the mulls


  • He calls a wild cherry a "guigne;" he calls a swede turnip a "baygee," a gooseberry a

    The Romance of the Coast

  • There are those who scorn the rutabega (alias "swede", in europe), or its relative, the turnip.


  • I also worked on the Produce Dept, and can state that lugging pallets stacked higher than one's own head height full of heavy items such as swede, and then putting them out with rotation of existing stock is a good way to exercise!

    Brace yourself

  • Baking Soda - if you search for 'swede' in Google Images it comes up with some pictures that might be helpful (though also shows some people from Sweden!).

    Roots to Beg For: Clapshot Goes to Town

  • The 'swede's, I think, use a air duct into the grate from outside


  • is less about cinephiliac love for those films they 'swede' (, etc.), and more about their cinephiliac affect -- the feelings they generate in individuals and in communities.

    marathonpacks: the soft compulsion of constant consumption training.

  • Now, we settle for onions, runner beans, a few potatoes, sweetcorn, courgettes and pumpkins with a couple of rows of parsnip, swede and fennel.

    Jean's Knitting


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

    June 23, 2008