beet /biːt/

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I. noun

1. a herbaceous plant widely cultivated as a source of food for humans and livestock, and for processing into sugar. Some varieties are grown for their leaves and some for their swollen nutritious root.

Beta vulgaris, family Chenopodiaceae: several subspecies.
2. North American term for beetroot.
– origin Old English bēte, of West Germanic origin, from Latin beta, perhaps of Celtic origin; related to Dutch beet and German Bete.

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