Definition of beet in English:

beet

noun

  • 1A 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 large nutritious root.

    Beta vulgaris, family Chenopodiaceae: several subspecies

    • ‘Its agricultural crops are wheat, potatoes, sugar beets, barley, grapes, and cheese.’
    • ‘It also contained two to three times the sugar content of sugar cane or sugar beets - think sugared cereal for cows.’
    • ‘Maize and beet are widely grown in the Park by organic and non-organic farmers as livestock fodder crops.’
    • ‘Another major industry concern is the tendency of mud and soil to stick to sugar beets at harvest, embedded in natural ridges.’
    • ‘Relatively easy to grow, beets are hardy and grow best in cool weather.’
    • ‘The major crops grown by large agricultural enterprises are grain, sunflower seeds, and sugar beets.’
    • ‘We have to build these tools for sugar beets because very few members of its plant family have been mapped.’
    • ‘Most sugar beets are rough and grooved, so lots of soil sticks to them when they're pulled from the ground.’
    • ‘We plant successive crops of beets all season long, so they are almost always available to include.’
    • ‘Since it is derived from sugar beets, it contains a rich spectrum of nutrients.’
    • ‘Slugs are attacking my leaf beet leaves growing in one of the containers on the patio.’
    • ‘In agriculture the main products are meat and dairy, potatoes, sugar beets, barley, wheat, and turnips.’
    • ‘Finally I took pity on the leaf beet plants outside which were still looking rather sad, and repotted them into fresh compost.’
    • ‘Major crops are wheat and other grains, sugar beets, and potatoes.’
    • ‘I also planted out the leaf beet seeds - they're not so large but they will do equally well outside.’
    • ‘Europeans actually get their sugar from sugar beets which is laughable.’
    • ‘It costs twice as much to produce sugar from the beet grown in Europe than from the cane grown elsewhere.’
    • ‘The surrounding farmers raise sugar beets, corn, and sunflowers for oil.’
    • ‘The main crops are wheat, corn, sugar beets, sunflower seeds, and wine grapes.’
    • ‘Sweet stuff, usually white when processed, sometimes brown, made from sugar beets or sugarcane…’
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  • 2North American

    another 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.

Pronunciation

beet

/biːt/