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  • carrot — 1530s, from M.Fr. carrotte, from L. carota, from Gk. karoton carrot, from PIE *kre , from root *ker horn, head, so called for its horn like shape. Originally white rooted and a medicinal plant to the ancients, who used it as an aphrodisiac and to …   Etymology dictionary

  • carrot — [kar′ət] n. [MFr carotte < L carota < Gr karōton, carrot; akin to kara, head: see HORN] 1. a biennial plant (Daucus carota) of the umbel family, with fernlike leaves and compound umbels of white flowers, usually with one red flower in the… …   English World dictionary

  • Carrot — Nom assez fréquent dans la Loire et la Haute Loire. Il semble s agir d un toponyme avec le sens de lieu rocheux (racine pré indoeuropéenne kar, car). Un hameau s appelle Carrot à Tiranges (43). Autre possibilité : diminutif du mot char (surnom… …   Noms de famille

  • carrot — ► NOUN 1) the tapering orange root of a plant of the parsley family, eaten as a vegetable. 2) something enticing offered as a means of persuasion: training that relies more on the carrot than on the stick. ORIGIN Greek kar ton …   English terms dictionary

  • Carrot — Car rot, n. [F. carotte, fr. L. carota; cf. Gr. ?] 1. (Bot.) An umbelliferous biennial plant ({Daucus Carota}), of many varieties. [1913 Webster] 2. The esculent root of cultivated varieties of the plant, usually spindle shaped, and of a reddish… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Carrot — This article is about the cultivated vegetable. For other uses, see Carrot (disambiguation). Carrot …   Wikipedia

  • carrot — /kar euht/, n. 1. a plant, Daucus carota, of the parsley family, having pinnately decompound leaves and umbels of small white or yellow flowers, in its wild form a widespread, familiar weed, and in cultivation valued for its edible root. 2. the… …   Universalium

  • carrot — noun 1 vegetable ADJECTIVE ▪ raw ▪ cooked, steamed ▪ baby ▪ chopped, diced (esp. BrE), grated …   Collocations dictionary

  • carrot — car|rot [ˈkærət] n [Date: 1400 1500; : French; Origin: carotte, from Late Latin, from Greek karoton] 1.) [U and C] a long pointed orange vegetable that grows under the ground ▪ grated carrots ▪ carrot juice 2.) informal …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • carrot */ — UK [ˈkærət] / US [ˈkerət] noun Word forms carrot : singular carrot plural carrots 1) [countable/uncountable] a long hard orange vegetable that grows under the ground and has green leaves on its top 2) [countable] informal something that someone… …   English dictionary

  • carrot — /ˈkærət / (say karuht) noun 1. a plant of the umbelliferous genus Daucus, especially D. carota, in its wild form a widespread, familiar weed, and in cultivation valued for its reddish edible root. 2. the root of this plant. 3. an incentive: to… …  

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