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 Lay the arugula on a serving platter and cover evenly with the dressed veggies and chips. Reem Assil, Robb Report, 11 June 2022 Papuashvili’s wife, Lucia Mascia, served a squid pasta dish and arugula-and-citrus salad, and Papuashvili poured white wine. Annie Hylton, The New Yorker, 16 Apr. 2022 Add the arugula and herbs to a large bowl along with scoops of avocado. Christian Reynoso, San Francisco Chronicle, 11 Mar. 2022 To dress the arugula, a bit of the brine from the jarred artichoke hearts that are also featured. Washington Post, 10 Dec. 2021 Divide the arugula on four plates, top immediately with the hot mushrooms. Elizabeth Karmel, Forbes, 11 Oct. 2021 Scatter the arugula, tomatoes, avocado chunks and herbs on top. Washington Post, 12 Aug. 2021 The arugula sprouted on schedule, but the lettuce did not. Washington Post, 23 June 2021 Top with the arugula and the Tahini Dijon Dressing. Rebecca White, Dallas News, 4 May 2021 See More

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First Known Use of arugula

1960, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for arugula

borrowed from Italian, probably from a southern dialectal form of Tuscan ruca, rucola, as Neapolitan arucola, arucolo, with English spelling -gu- reflecting lenis articulation of consonants and reduction of vowels — more at rocket entry 1

Note: For similar reflection in English spelling of southern Italian articulation compare agita, goombah. Forms with the initial ēr- of the Latin etymon ērūca "arugula, Eruca vesicaria" opened to ar- are widespread in Italian dialects—see Lessico etimologico italiano, letter E, columns 733-34.

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“Arugula.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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