• WordNet 3.6
    • n parsnip whitish edible root; eaten cooked
    • n parsnip a strong-scented plant cultivated for its edible root
    • n parsnip the whitish root of cultivated parsnip
    • ***
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Parsnip pärs"nĭp (Bot) The aromatic and edible spindle-shaped root of the cultivated form of the Pastinaca sativa, a biennial umbelliferous plant which is very poisonous in its wild state; also, the plant itself.
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n parsnip A biennial plant, Peucedanum (Pastinaca) sativum, native through temperate Europe and part of Asia, and widely cultivated in gardens, thence again running wild. It is an erect plant with pinnate leaves and bright-yellow flowers, having a tap-root which in the wild plant is hard and inedible, even somewhat poisonous, but under culture becomes fleshy, palatable, and nutritious, and has been used as food from ancient times. It contains sugar, and a wine is made from it. and with hops a kind of beer. It is a valuable fodder-plant, surpassing the carrot in milk-producing quality. Varieties of the parsnip are the common or Dutch, the hollow-crowned or cup, the Guernsey, the round or turnip, and the student; the last was developed directly from the wild parsnip in experimental cultivation.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Parsnip pärs′nip an edible plant with a carrot-like root.
    • ***


Fine words butter no parsnips - This idiom means that it's easy to talk, but talk is not action.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. parsnepe, from a French form, fr. L. pastinaca,; cf. pastinare, to dig up, pastinum, a kind of dibble; cf. OF. pastenade, pastenaque,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. pastenaque—L. pastinacapastinum, a dibble.


In literature:

PARSNIP, reversion in, ii.
"The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, Volume II (of 2)" by Charles Darwin
With a roar of rage he snapped the tough shaft like a parsnip stalk, and threw the pieces aside.
"In the Morning of Time" by Charles G. D. Roberts
Carrots and parsnips should be kept in layers of dry sand for winter use, and not be wholly cleared from the earth.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
The few remaining stalks were hard and uninviting, but there were some delicious parsnips among the root-crops.
"Creatures of the Night" by Alfred W. Rees
On May 31 they arrived at the confluence where the rivers now known as the Finlay and the Parsnip, flowing together, form the Peace.
"Pioneers of the Pacific Coast" by Agnes C. Laut
Parsnip, White Sugar, sweet, long, smooth roots.
"The Mayflower, January, 1905" by Various
You mustn't let Parsnip cheat you.
"The Gates Between" by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps
The large-rooted variety is used for the table, as carrots or parsnips.
"Soil Culture" by J. H. Walden
The parsnips look well, but I have not yet pulled any.
"A Rebel War Clerk's Diary at the Confederate States Capital" by John Beauchamp Jones
Wash parsnips and cook until tender in boiling water.
"Stevenson Memorial Cook Book" by Various
Wash parsnips, cover with boiling water, add salt to season.
"Fifty-Two Sunday Dinners" by Elizabeth O. Hiller
All are agreed, however, that potatoes, white turnips and parsnips are to be avoided.
"The Raising and Care of Guinea Pigs" by A. C. Smith
You may not like the accommodation, nor wish to put up with a 'settle and stewed parsnips.
"Arthur O'Leary" by Charles James Lever
Besides potatoes, which thrive well and yield large quantities of excellent quality, there are turnips, carrots, parsnips and beets.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 2" by Various
Beets, turnips, parsnips, and carrots are such roots.
"Harper's Round Table, August 20, 1895" by Various
We may smell a parsnip or a potato when it grows in the field, but not when it is cooked.
"The Holy Earth" by L. H. Bailey
Parsnips; boil from twenty to thirty minutes.
"Civic League Cook Book" by Anonymous
Store potatoes, carrots, parsnips, etc.
"Small Gardens" by Violet Purton Biddle
Parsnips, turnips and spinach were also rarities.
"The Old English Herbals" by Eleanour Sinclair Rohde
Crystallization forms the basis of candy-making with parsnips.
"Candy-Making Revolutionized" by Mary Elizabeth Hall

In poetry:

Not thick brown rice and rice pilaw
Or mushrooms creamed on toast,
Turnips mashed and parsnips hashed,
(I'm dreaming of a roast).
"The Health-Food Diner" by Maya Angelou

In news:

On the day of serving, place the potatoes and parsnips in a medium-large pot.
1/3 pound peeled and trimmed parsnips , coarsely chopped.
WRIGHT COUNTY, MN – The wild parsnip population "exploded pretty good this year," Wright County Urban Specialist Brian Sanoski said, which could be dangerous for people who come in contact with the harmful plant.
Medium parsnips , peeled, quartered salt 1 lb.
Cook, uncovered, over medium heat until the apples and parsnips are soft, about 15 minutes.
Parsnips , peeled, chopped 1 med.
Add the parsnips and potato.
4 parsnips , peeled and chopped (carrots may be substituted).
Add parsnips or carrots and onion, and saute over medium heat until golden.
The extra fiber in parsnips will probably make your baby toot more so don't be alarmed.
1 potato 1 carrot 1 parsnip .
Rutabaga Parsnip Carrot Sweet Potato Idaho Potato Red Potato Onion.
4 – 6 ounce tuna steaks ½ cup each of the following root vegetable s, peeled and julienned carrot potato yam turnip parsnip.
Make creamy potato soup, braise carrots, braise parsnips and so on.
Giada de Laurentiis's Roasted Carrot and Parsnip Salad Recipe.