aru·​gu·​la | \ ə-ˈrü-gə-lə How to pronounce arugula (audio) , -gyə- \

Definition of arugula

: 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

Examples of arugula in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Top with the arugula and the Tahini Dijon Dressing. Rebecca White, Dallas News, 4 May 2021 Transfer the sauce to a large serving bowl and add the arugula. Washington Post, 22 Apr. 2021 Add a third of the arugula to boiling water and blanch 10 seconds. Charlotte Druckman, WSJ, 28 Sep. 2020 Same with Pasta Dinner, which includes bread; beet salad with orange, arugula, and feta; tonarelli (a thick spaghetti) in a beef and pork ragu; and a dessert of arborio rice pudding with strawberry compote. Nick Rallo, Dallas News, 8 May 2020 Zingerman’s Cornman Farms Dexter What: Starter choices include chicken liver pate, bake-at-home cheese gougeres and arugula, parmesan and apple salad. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 6 May 2020 Combine edamame, asparagus, arugula, mint and tarragon in large bowl. Beth Segal, cleveland, 10 Apr. 2020 If these are for your vegetable garden, direct sowing of cool season crops (peas, spinach, lettuce, arugula, carrots, beets) that will germinate in cool weather are fine. oregonlive, 4 Apr. 2020 Also look for salads and a few traditional sandwiches, including a messy yet fantastic Eggplant Caponata ($10) with fennel, golden raisins, arugula and goat cheese on sliced country whole-grain. Jessica Yadegaran, The Mercury News, 19 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of arugula

1960, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for arugula

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

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14 May 2021

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“Arugula.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of arugula

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

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