Turnip

Tur"nip

(tr"np), n. [OE. turnep; probably fr. turn, or F. tour a turn, turning lathe + OE. nepe a turnip, AS. npe, L. napus. Cf. Turn, v. t., Navew.] (Bot.) The edible, fleshy, roundish, or somewhat conical, root of a cruciferous plant (Brassica campestris, var. Napus); also, the plant itself.
[Formerly written also turnep.]

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Swedish turnip (Bot.), a kind of turnip. See Ruta-baga. -- Turnip flea (Zol.), a small flea-beetle (Haltica, striolata syn. Phyllotreta striolata), which feeds upon the turnip, and often seriously injures it. It is black with a stripe of yellow on each elytron. The name is also applied to several other small insects which are injurious to turnips. See Illust. under Flea-beetle. -- Turnip fly. (Zol.) (a) The turnip flea. (b) A two-winged fly (Anthomyia radicum) whose larv live in the turnip root.
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