Definition of horseradish in US English:



  • 1A European plant of the cabbage family, with long docklike leaves, grown for its pungent root.

    Armoracia rusticana, family Brassicaceae

    • ‘A whole horseradish root is large, about 45 cm long.’
    • ‘Approximately 70% of the horseradish peroxidase activity was recovered in the crude extract.’
    • ‘Interplant with horseradish, dead nettle, catnip, coriander, nasturtiums, and tansy.’
    • ‘Did you know that the green part of the horseradish plant was one of the five bitter herbs served on the traditional Passover seder plate during the reading of the Haggadah?’
    • ‘As soon as the soil can be worked, plant bare-root asparagus, horseradish, Jerusalem artichokes, and rhubarb.’
    1. 1.1 The root of the horseradish plant, which is scraped or grated as a condiment and often made into a sauce.
      • ‘I could barely detect the horseradish in the creamy bed of mashed potato, a more generous grating would have perked it up.’
      • ‘Remove from the heat, add the horseradish, parsley, and garlic, and toss to combine.’
      • ‘Every time she dashed off saying: ‘Oooh, I forgot the horseradish, I'll be back in a minute ’, I contemplated the line of groceries and the possibility that she would never come back.’
      • ‘The mash was nice and thick, but I could barely taste the horseradish.’
      • ‘Mix the horseradish in a bowl with the creme fraiche and the walnuts and season well.’
      • ‘The beautifully cooked fillet was decorated with a crispy horseradish crust, but it was the combination of creamy parsnip dauphinoise and roasted vegetables that really got the juices flowing.’