Definition of parsnip noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

parsnip

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈpɑːsnɪp//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɑːrsnɪp//
 
[countable, uncountable] Vegetables
 
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a long pale yellow root vegetable See related entries: Vegetables Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French pasnaie, from Latin pastinaca (related to pastinare ‘dig and trench the ground’). The change in the ending was due to association with neep.
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