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

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The burger toppings are good and more extensive than most, with Brie and arugula and more as choices. Polly Campbell,, "Polly Campbell found her favorite burger in Cincinnati," 6 July 2018 Salumi has signed up for Night Market to sell its hot Soppressata sandwich with tapenade, garlic sauce, fresh mozzarella, roasted red pepper and baby arugula. Tan Vinh, The Seattle Times, "Seahawks step up the food game: Sandwiches from Salumi and pho are coming to CenturyLink Field," 6 Aug. 2018 Top with 1 cup halved grape tomatoes, ¼ cup crumbled feta, ¼ chopped English cucumber, 2 Tbsp kalamata halved olives, and ½ cup baby arugula. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Marinated Chickpea Greek Salad," 23 Jan. 2019 Also look for arugula, scallions, rhubarb and fresh basil. Steve Edwards, Anchorage Daily News, "Fresh seafood, new vendors are cropping up at Anchorage markets," 13 June 2018 Let the arugula lightly pull vinaigrette off the sides of the bowl. Sarah Fritsche,, "Recipe: Tawla’s Fattoush," 3 July 2018 Place beets in the same bowl used for the arugula, then add remaining dressing and toss to coat. Kristine M. Kierzek, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "CSAs in flux: Farm subscription models take on new flavors," 5 Mar. 2018 Fold in the arugula and apple, and the walnuts, if using. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Curried Squash Pancakes with Arugula and Apple Salad," 10 Feb. 2015 For extra color, toss in fresh arugula or kale right before serving. Terri Milligan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The versatile chickpea: For all kinds of reasons, this is a legume to love," 2 Mar. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of arugula

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

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