root cellar
noun Date: 1810 a pit used for the storage especially of root crops

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • root cellar — n. an underground storage room for vegetables, esp. root crops …   English World dictionary

  • Root cellar — A root cellar is a structure originating before the advent of electricity to store vegetables. They are still used today on a commercial scale to store seed potatoes during the winter, while on a private scale families still maintain small… …   Wikipedia

  • root cellar — root′ cel lar n. a cellar, often underground and usu. covered with dirt, where root crops and other vegetables are stored • Etymology: 1815–25 …   From formal English to slang

  • root cellar — a cellar, partially or wholly underground and usually covered with dirt, where root crops and other vegetables are stored. [1815 25] * * * …   Universalium

  • root cellar — noun an excavation where root vegetables are stored (Freq. 1) • Syn: ↑cellar • Hypernyms: ↑excavation, ↑storage space * * * noun, pl ⋯ lars [count] chiefly US : a room or large hole in the ground where vegetables (such as potatoes and carrots)… …   Useful english dictionary

  • The Root Cellar — infobox Book | name = The Root Cellar title orig = translator = image caption = author = Janet Lunn illustrator = cover artist = country = Canada language = English series = genre = Children s historical novel publisher = Lester and Orpen Dennys… …   Wikipedia

  • cellar — cellarless, adj. /sel euhr/, n. 1. a room, or set of rooms, for the storage of food, fuel, etc., wholly or partly underground and usually beneath a building. 2. an underground room or story. 3. See wine cellar. 4. Sports. the lowest position in a …   Universalium

  • cellar — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ damp, dark ▪ old ▪ deep, underground ▪ vaulted ▪ coal …   Collocations dictionary

  • Storm cellar — on the Texas plains. A storm shelter or storm cellar is a type of underground bunker designed to protect the occupants from violent severe weather, particularly tornadoes. They are most commonly seen in the US Midwest ( Tornado Alley ) and… …   Wikipedia

  • cold cellar — noun Northeast : a room or section of a cellar where root crops may be stored over winter at temperatures slightly above freezing * * * Chiefly Northeastern U.S. root cellar. [1960 65, Amer.] …   Useful english dictionary

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