Pronunciation: (bēt), [key]
1. any of various biennial plants belonging to the genus Beta, of the goosefoot family, esp. B. vulgaris, having a fleshy red or white root. Cf. sugar beet.
2. the edible root of such a plant.
3. the leaves of such a plant, served as a salad or cooked vegetable.
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