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A variety of the common beet having a large yellowish root, used chiefly as cattle feed.

[German Mangelwurzel, alteration (influenced by Mangel, scarcity) of Mangoldwurzel : Mangold, beet (from Middle High German mānegolt) + Wurzel, root; see wrād- in Indo-European roots.]


(ˈmæŋ gəlˈwɜr zəl)

a variety of beet cultivated as food for livestock.
Also called man′gel.
[1770–80; < German, variant of Mangoldwurzel=Mangold beet + Wurzel root; compare wort2]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mangel-wurzel - beet with a large yellowish rootmangel-wurzel - beet with a large yellowish root; grown chiefly as cattle feed
beet, Beta vulgaris, common beet - biennial Eurasian plant usually having a swollen edible root; widely cultivated as a food crop
2.mangel-wurzel - cultivated as feed for livestock
beet, beetroot - round red root vegetable
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In Middlemarch admiration was more reserved: most persons there were inclined to believe that the merit of Fred's authorship was due to his wife, since they had never expected Fred Vincy to write on turnips and mangel-wurzel.
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Mangel beets, often called forage beets or mangel-wurzel beets, grow huge roots weighing from 5 to 20 pounds each that can be used as livestock fodder in winter.
In northeastern England, turnips and rutabagas are called "snaggers," so citizens there won't confuse them with another large beet known as a mangel-wurzel.
In years gone by they were a familiar sight in the English countryside - those roughly- made figures of sticks and straw, dressed in old ragged clothes with perhaps a turnip or a mangel-wurzel for a head, swaying in the breeze to scare the birds away from the crops.
This one was built in 1854 so they could get the mangel-wurzel crop down from Lord Luvaduck's farm at Throxton Blanket.
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