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Pastinaca (parsnip; family Umbelliferae) A genus of plants that have pinnate leaves, compound umbels, and either no bracts or bracteoles, or 1 or 2 that soon fall. The fruits are ovoid and dorsally compressed, with winged margins. There are 14 species, in temperate Eurasia and N. Africa. Cultivated forms have been developed with succulent, edible tap-roots.