• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Parsnep an edible plant with a carrot-like root.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. pastenaque—L. pastinacapastinum, a dibble.


In literature:

Parsneps (raw) cut into little pieces, is the best food for tame Rabets, and makes them sweet.
"The Closet of Sir Kenelm Digby Knight Opened" by Kenelm Digby
Potatoes, beets, turnips, carrots, parsneps, and cabbages are good in their place.
"How To Behave: A Pocket Manual Of Republican Etiquette, And Guide To Correct Personal Habits" by Samuel R Wells
In Shakespeare's time the name was applied to the "Yellow Carrot" or Parsnep, as well as to the Red one.
"The plant-lore and garden-craft of Shakespeare" by Henry Nicholson Ellacombe