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arugula

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noun aru·gu·la \ə-ˈrü-gə-lə, -gyə-\

Simple Definition of arugula

  • : a plant with strongly flavored leaves that are eaten in salads

Full Definition of arugula

  1. :  a yellowish-flowered Mediterranean herb (Eruca vesicaria sativa) of the mustard family cultivated for its foliage which is used especially in salads —called also garden rocket, rocket, roquette, rugola

Origin of arugula

probably from Italian dialect; akin to Italian dialect (Lombardy) arigola arugula, Italian ruca — more at rocket


First Known Use: 1967


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