1 n A turnip, the swollen edible root of Brassica rapa or of the Swedish turnip Brassica rutabaga.
2 n A dunderhead, a stupid person.
Views differ as to whether turnips are a necessary crop or not, and some people have even given up growing them. But on the whole they are a very useful crop; cattle like them very much and thrive on them so it is likely that they will continue to be grown in most parts of the country where conditions are suitable.
James Keith 1954 Fifty Years of Farming.
A type of grass, the seeds of which are much used as food.
A grain, which in England is generally given to horses, but in Scotland supports the people.
Samuel Johnson 1747-1755,Dictionary of the English Language
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