len·​til | \ ˈlen-tᵊl How to pronounce lentil (audio) \

Definition of lentil

1 : a widely cultivated Eurasian annual leguminous plant (Lens culinaris) with flattened edible seeds and leafy stalks used as fodder
2 : the seed of the lentil

Examples of lentil in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The savory dish, served with steamed rice and lentil patties, is a highlight on the menu at the vegetarian counter-service spot, a stalwart in Hillcroft’s Mahatma Gandhi district. Marcy De Luna, Chron, "Start your day with breakfast fare from around the globe in Houston," 14 Dec. 2020 Moroccan lentil soup, beef kafta and beet salad with mint. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, "Twelve Literary Arts director Daniel Gray-Kontar shares favorite dining choices: Five for Friday," 12 Nov. 2020 The saucy lentil topping is similar to a traditional Bolognese ragù. David Tanis, New York Times, "The Many Lives of Lentils," 30 Oct. 2020 To address this problem, several scientists including Knoblich developed human brain organoids that are no bigger than a lentil, created from stem cells, and function just like a working human brain. Priyanka Runwal, STAT, "New screening technique turns up genes tied to microcephaly, scientists say, and could be used for other developmental disorders," 30 Oct. 2020 The tiny nutrient powerhouse legumes are turned into red lentil flour and can be found in grocery stores under the popular pasta brand Barilla ($3, Target) or Tolerant. Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, "Your Handy Guide to Buying (or Making) Gluten Free Pasta," 30 Sep. 2020 More than 200,000 tons of the lentil-sized pellets, used in the manufacture of plastic products, enter the environment via accidents during loading, shipping and other stages of the vast plastics supply chain. Tristan Baurick, NOLA.com, "Mississippi River nurdle spill inspires effort in Congress to curb plastic pollution," 29 Sep. 2020 Stir occasionally, simmering for about 15-20 minutes (less for long-grain rice like basmati) until lentil-water reduces to thick, creamy consistency and coats rice. Sarah Sarder, Houston Chronicle, "These Desi restaurants are getting me through the pandemic and missing my mom," 21 Sep. 2020 For the main attraction, consider the duck confit cavatelli topped with mushroom ragu, braised short rib with sweet potato and bacon hash or quinoa and lentil stew with shiitake mushroom, asparagus and green harissa. Lauren Saria, The Arizona Republic, "Arizona Restaurant Week Fall 2020: Here are 15 great menus to try for dine-in or takeout," 17 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of lentil

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for lentil

Middle English, from Anglo-French lentille, from Latin lenticula, diminutive of lent-, lens

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The first known use of lentil was in the 13th century

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23 Dec 2020

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“Lentil.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lentil. Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of lentil

: a type of flat, round seed that is related to the pea and is eaten as a vegetable


len·​til | \ ˈlen-tᵊl How to pronounce lentil (audio) \

Kids Definition of lentil

: the flattened round edible seed of a plant originally of southwestern Asia

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