mangelwurzel

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From German Mangold (chard) + Wurzel (root), with the first part reinterpreted as Mangel, whence the archaic English name "root of scarcity".

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mangelwurzel (plural mangelwurzels)

  1. A root vegetable, variety of Beta vulgaris, cultivated chiefly as cattle feed.
    • 1848, William Makepeace Thackeray, Vanity Fair, Chapter 11:
      I have not written to my beloved Amelia for these many weeks past, for what news was there to tell of the sayings and doings at Humdrum Hall, as I have christened it; and what do you care whether the turnip crop is good or bad; whether the fat pig weighed thirteen stone or fourteen; and whether the beasts thrive well upon mangelwurzel?
    • 1945 August 17, George Orwell [pseudonym; Eric Arthur Blair], chapter 1, in Animal Farm: A Fairy Story, London: Secker & Warburg, OCLC 3655473:
      Wheat and barley, oats and hay,
      Clover, beans, and mangel-wurzels

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