aru·​gu·​la | \ ə-ˈrü-gə-lə, -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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Rodriguez says: Generous helping of mushrooms, the arugula was fresh., "Erie Burger Co. in Avon Lake a newer place to grab a bite: Cleveland's Best Burger contest," 6 May 2018 Shredded Parmesan cheese, arugula and a gooey fried egg make the dish a bit more modern and light, as opposed to its classic potato side. Lauren Delgado,, "Garp & Fuss: Murky menu, lovely location," 6 July 2018 In a salad of wild arugula, the discordant notes made music. Aleksandra Crapanzano, WSJ, "Cook’s Trick: Go Ahead and Overdo It," 7 Sep. 2018 Serve steak, tomatoes and garlic drizzled with vinaigrette, and arugula salad. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Seared Steak with Blistered Tomatoes," 17 Aug. 2018 Stir in the tomatoes and a handful of fresh arugula and basil, then toss with Parmesan. Karoline Boehm Goodnick,, "Recipe: Think of this pasta with melted cherry tomatoes and arugula pesto as your new go-to dish," 11 June 2018 In a separate mixing bowl, drizzle the arugula with the remaining tbsp of olive oil and season with salt and pepper. 8. House Beautiful, "Ginger Marinated Heirloom Tomato with Watermelon, Burrata, and Arugula," 12 May 2011 This was a barley salad served in a big white bowl with arugula and bits of butternut squash, candied walnuts, and Craisins (dried cranberries)., "A new addition to the Newburyport restaurant scene," 1 June 2018 Six pizzas are available along with a create-your-own option with 16 toppings like arugula and pancetta. Marc Bona,, "First Look: Rose Italian Kitchen opens in Solon," 30 Apr. 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

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

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