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Topic: FOOD

Language: Old English
Origin: bete, from Latin beta

beet

noun
     
beet [uncountable and countable]
1 also sugar beetHBP a vegetable that sugar is made from
2 American EnglishDFHBP a plant with a round dark red root that you cook and eat as a vegetable [= beetroot British English]
3

red as a beet

American English informal having a red face, especially because you are embarrassed
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