mangelwurzel


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mangelwurzel

, mangoldwurzel
a Eurasian variety of the beet plant, Beta vulgaris, cultivated as a cattle food, having a large yellowish root
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It is more that Mr Prescott has gradually become the butt of the Government, blamed for everything that goes wrong from a broken traffic light to a mangelwurzel with blight.
The Times devoted a third leader to deflating 'the noble gastronomist', quoting him verbatim ('He shall have the benefit of his own words') while objecting that 'if he were to take a fancy to eat mangelwurzel, or perhaps to try the congenial thistle, and find it agree with him, he has no right to expect the whole of his family to take to the same species of diet'.
He includes an afterpiece, "A Monopologue, called All Well at Natchitoches," which is a brief synopsis of the farcical courtship of a Miss Mangelwurzel by Colonel Hiram Peglar.