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Date: 1400-1500
Language: French
Origin: carotte, from Late Latin, from Greek karoton

carrot

noun
     
carrot
Related topics: Food Dish, Plants
car‧rot
1 [uncountable and countable]HBPDFF a long pointed orange vegetable that grows under the ground:
grated carrots
carrot juice
2 [countable] informal something that is offered to someone in order to try and persuade them to do something:
They have refused to sign the agreement despite a carrot of £140 million.
3

carrot and stick

informal a way of trying to persuade someone to do something by offering them something good if they do it, and a punishment if they do not:
the government's carrot and stick approach in getting young people to find jobs

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