• WordNet 3.6
    • n beet round red root vegetable
    • n beet biennial Eurasian plant usually having a swollen edible root; widely cultivated as a food crop
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: From all the vegetables, beets contain the most sugar
    • Beet (Bot) A biennial plant of the genus Beta, which produces an edible root the first year and seed the second year.
    • Beet The root of plants of the genus Beta, different species and varieties of which are used for the table, for feeding stock, or in making sugar.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Beets reminded early cooks of a bleeding animal when they cut them open, so they started calling them "beets." This was derived from the French word bête, meaning "beast."
    • n beet A plant of the genus Beta, natural order Chenopodiaceœ. The various forms are generally referred to a single species, B. vulgaris, the slender-rooted variety of which, known as the sea-beet, is found wild in Europe and western Asia, and is occasionally used for greens. The common beet is extensively cultivated in many varieties for the use of its sweetish succulent root as a vegetable and as feed for cattle. The mangel-wurzel is a large coarse form raised exclusively for cattle. The sugar-beet is a large, white, and very sweet variety, from the root of which large quantities of sugar (called beet-root sugar) are manufactured in France, Germany, etc. The white or Sicilian beet and the chard-beet are cultivated for their leaves only.
    • beet To make better; improve; alleviate or relieve (hunger, thirst, grief, the needs of a person, etc.).
    • beet To mend; repair; put to rights.
    • beet To make or kindle (a fire); hence, to fire or rouse.
    • beet To mend or replenish (a fire); add fuel to.
    • n beet Same as beat.
    • n beet Same as beat.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Beet bēt a plant with a carrot-shaped succulent root, eaten as food, from which sugar is extracted
    • v.t Beet bēt (obs. except dial.) to improve, mend, to kindle a fire, to rouse.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. bete, from L. beta,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. bóetan, bétan; cf. bót, Boot.


In literature:

Slice and cut into fancy shapes cold boiled beets; heap them in a salad bowl; cover with a thin sauce tartar.
"365 Luncheon Dishes" by Anonymous
One quart chopped beets, one quart chopped cabbage, one cup ground horseradish, one cup brown sugar, salt and pepper to taste.
"The Community Cook Book" by Anonymous
Red as a beet and fat.
"Still Jim" by Honoré Willsie Morrow
Boil them in beet juice or use enough liquid off of pickled beets to color the water a deep red.
"Games For All Occasions" by Mary E. Blain
The professor was as red as a beet.
"Stanford Stories" by Charles K. Field
The beet-sugar refineries are in the midst of the beet-growing districts.
"Commercial Geography" by Jacques W. Redway
There are few American gardens that can show the Beet in greater perfection than it exhibits here, in areas of twenty to forty acres.
"Glances at Europe" by Horace Greeley
Not so much as the hole from which my beet had been ravished remained in circumstantial evidence.
"When Grandmamma Was New" by Marion Harland
He published a well written and edifying book upon "Beet Sugar," giving the results of his investigations and experiments.
"Daughters of the Puritans" by Seth Curtis Beach
Mrs. Peterkin had used her very last on some beets they had the day before.
"The Peterkin Papers" by Lucretia P Hale
Meals: potatoes and beets.
"The Escape of a Princess Pat" by George Pearson
It's as red as a beet!
"Patty's Social Season" by Carolyn Wells
From cold, cooked beets remove the top and center portions to make beet cups.
"American Cookery" by Various
The pulverization of the peat was next effected by passing it through a machine invented by Siemens, for pulping potatoes and beets.
"Peat and its Uses as Fertilizer and Fuel" by Samuel William Johnson
Wash the beets carefully to avoid breaking the skin, and do not cut off the fine roots, as this will bleed and spoil them.
"The Golden Age Cook Book" by Henrietta Latham Dwight
Sam turned beet colour and, scowling like a pirate, tried to carry it off with dignity.
"The Huntress" by Hulbert Footner
Still another plan is to put a tiny disk of bright-red beet on the top, using aspic to cement it there.
"Choice Cookery" by Catherine Owen
Thus a person may agree to weed and hoe sugar beets at a certain rate per acre.
"The Young Farmer: Some Things He Should Know" by Thomas Forsyth Hunt
And lima beans, and buttered beets, and cucumbers and crisp salads, and fresh cabbage slaw!
"Dwellers in Arcady" by Albert Bigelow Paine
It eats the leaves and stalks of plants, and is very fond of cabbage, lettuce, and the tender leaves of beets and turnips.
"Friends in Feathers and Fur, and Other Neighbors" by James Johonnot

In poetry:

I never walk along the street
Because I haven't any feet;
Nor is this strange when I repeat
That I am but a garden beet.
"A Wonderful Feat" by Edwin Carty Ranck
"Ae day I wanner't to the wud,
An' gather't sticks the fire to beet;
An' there an unco sicht I saw,
That made me baith to glow'r an' greet
"Grannie's Crack Aboot The Famine In Auld Scotlan' In 1739-40" by Janet Hamilton
The croonin' sang, the birrin' wheel,
Had stoppit baith; the mither raise
An' brocht some peats to beet the fire,
An' syne sat doun to warm her taes.
"Grannie's Dream: A True Incident" by Janet Hamilton
"An' ye micht hear, baith e'en an' morn,
In mony a hame, the voice o' prayer,
Though ne'er a peat to beet the fire,
Or bread to fill the mou' was there.
"Grannie's Crack Aboot The Famine In Auld Scotlan' In 1739-40" by Janet Hamilton
In a house backed by orderly woods,
Facing a tractored sugar-beet country,
Your working hosts engaged to their stint,
You are unlike to encounter
Dragons or romance: were drama a craving,
You would not have come.
"For Friends Only" by W H Auden
I'm crawlin' out in the mangolds to bury wot's left o' Joe —
Joe, my pal, and a good un (God! 'ow it rains and rains).
I'm sick o' seein' him lyin' like a 'eap o' offal, and so
I'm crawlin' out in the beet-field to bury 'is last remains.
"The Booby-Trap" by Robert W Service

In news:

Peel the beets and cut in small dice.
I like it even better the day after it's made, as both the beets and the potatoes absorb the nice tart dressing.
1 bunch beets , with greens, peeled and grated on the wide holes of a grater or food processor (about 1 to 1 1/4 pounds beets ).
Now that the apples are at their peak and there are plenty of beets , make a big batch of this bright, sweet salad.
2 large fresh beets , peeled, roots trimmed, coarsely grated.
Combine shredded beets and apples in a large bowl.
In France beets are sold already cooked, either roasted in wood ovens or steamed.
4 large or 6 medium beets , roasted.
Peel the beets and dice, slice or cut in wedges.
Toss with the beets and serve.
KFGO Ag Director Shawna Olson headed up to Bathgate, N.D. To report on farmers from the surrounding communities help local farmer Aaron McColl, who passed away earlier in the Spring, harvest his beet crop.
Beets and Beet Greens.
Jake Danna Stevens / Staff Photographer Mrs Lennox also puts the beets ' nutrition-laden greens in the salad.
As any fan of the Scranton-set sitcom "The Office" knows, beets have long been the bumper crop of the family farm overseen by the character Dwight Schrute.
(AP) — The 2012 sugar beet harvest has begun in western Nebraska, with six Nebraska growers delivering about 5,000 tons of sugar beets to the Western Sugar Cooperative factory in Torrington, Wyo.