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 for parsnip
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Parsnip \Pars"nip\ (p[aum]rs"n[i^]p), n. [OE. parsnepe, from a
     French form, fr. L. pastinaca; cf. pastinare to dig up,
     pastinum a kind of dibble; cf. OF. pastenade, pastenaque.]
     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.
     [1913 Webster]
     Cow parsnip. See Cow parsnip.
     Meadow parsnip, the European cow parsnip.
     Poison parsnip, the wild stock of the parsnip.
     Water parsnip, any plant of the umbelliferous genus Sium,
        the species of which are poisonous.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: the whitish root of cultivated parsnip
      2: a strong-scented plant cultivated for its edible root [syn:
         parsnip, Pastinaca sativa]
      3: whitish edible root; eaten cooked

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