noun \ˈō-krə, Southern also -krē\

: a tall plant whose pods are eaten as a vegetable and are used in soups and stews; also : the pods of this plant

Full Definition of OKRA

:  a tall annual herb (Abelmoschus esculentus) of the mallow family that is cultivated for its mucilaginous green pods used especially in soups or stews; also :  the pods of this plant
:  1gumbo 1

Origin of OKRA

of African origin; akin to Ibo ókùrù okra
First Known Use: 1679


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Okra (Hibiscus esculentus, or Abelmoschus esculentus).—Derek Fell

Herbaceous, hairy, annual plant (Hibiscus esculentus or Abelmoschus esculentus), of the mallow family, grown for its edible fruit. Okra leaves are deeply notched; flowers are yellow with a crimson centre. The fruit, or pod, is a tapering, 10-angled capsule 4–10 in. (10–25 cm) long. Only the tender, unripe fruit is eaten; it is prepared in a number of ways and is a defining ingredient of the gumbos of the southern U.S. Because of its large amount of mucilage (a gelatinous substance), okra is used to thicken broths. In some countries the seeds are used as a substitute for coffee.


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