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Parsnip

Confused root
related to the carrot

parsnips grew
bigger the farther
north they went

Etymology assumes
the name’s a portmanteau 
of parsley 
and turnip

a kind of short, forked
root used 
by its name-
sake to streak
the body 
with exposure

Posted 12/30/14
An excerpt of FROM A TREE, a zine of erasures taken from Wikipedia entries for fruit, vegetables, and herbs.
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