1. A biennial Eurasian plant (Beta vulgaris) grown as a crop plant for its edible roots and leaves.
2. The swollen root of this plant eaten as a vegetable, typically having reddish flesh.
3. The sugar beet.
[Middle English bete, from Old English bēte, from Latin bēta.]
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