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Beet plant (Beta vulgaris)


A common plant of the genus Beta (such as Beta vulgaris), with thick reddish roots. The roots produce sugar and a reddish brown extract that has been used for dyeing textiles.

Synonyms and Related Terms

Beta vulgaris (Common beet); betaniini (Fin.); betanina (Esp.); betterave (Fr.); barbabietola (It.); vermelho de beterraba (Port.); betanin (Sven., Nor.); bietenrood (Ned.); beetroot; beet red; beetrot red; blood turnip

Resources and Citations

  • R.J. Adrosko, Natural Dyes in the United States, Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, DC, 1968
  • G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 780
  • Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997
  • The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998