One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A beet of a variety with a large root, cultivated as stockfeed.
Beta vulgaris subsp. crassa, family Chenopodiaceae
- ‘The mangolds were fed to the cows and a corn or barley mix was kept on farm also for animal feed.’
- ‘Some of the aphid species that transmit viruses of sugar beet and mangold crops survive through the winter in clamps and multiply in the spring on the developing sprouts of mangolds.’
- ‘They would also get a handful of crushed oats on top of the mangolds.’
- ‘So we used to give them one feed of hay a day and one feed of straw and mangolds a day.’
- ‘She added that the measure was extended to other agricultural products such as husked rice, grain sorghum, soya beans, lucerne meal and pellets, mangolds, fodder roots, whether or not in pellet form.’
- ‘The scarcity of mangolds led to much experimentation with alternative aerial vegetation.’
- ‘Not many children nowadays would know what a mangold is but then it was grown as fodder for cattle and it was often left to the farmer's children to bring out a cart full of turnips or mangolds to the sheep and cattle in the winter fields.’
- ‘Rows were well mucked and we grew potatoes, mangolds, turnips and cabbage.’
- ‘While different beet cultivars such as beet root, mangold and fodder beet have been used as vegetables or for animal feeding for a long time, sugar beet is a relatively young crop.’
Mid 19th century: from German Mangoldwurzel, from Mangold ‘beet’ + Wurzel ‘root’.
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