Carrot, a vegetable grown for its edible root. Raw carrots are eaten in salads or as appetizers; cooked carrots are served creamed or buttered. Carrots are also fed to livestock, particularly cattle, horses, and sheep. Carrots contain carotene, a chemical that is converted into vitamin A by the body; they thus help prevent night blindness, since vitamin A replenishes a substance in the eye that is essential for night vision.
The carrot is a variety of Queen Anne's lace, a common field weed. The carrot plant has fernlike leaves and an orange root that is thick and fleshy. Carrot seeds are planted in rows in loamy soil.
The carrot is Daucus carota sativus of the parsley family, Umbelliferae.