carrot: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (kar'ut), [key]
- a plant, Daucus carota, of the parsley family, having pinnately decompound leaves and umbels of small white or yellow flowers, in its wild form a widespread, familiar weed, and in cultivation valued for its edible root.
- the nutritious, orange to yellow root of this plant, eaten raw or cooked.
- something hoped for or promised as a lure or incentive:Cf. stick (def. 8). To boost productivity, leaders hinted at the carrot of subsidized housing for the workers.
- to treat (furs) with mercuric nitrate preparatory to felting.
- carrot (Thesaurus)