len·til | \ˈlen-tᵊl \

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

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The government agency is investigating a potential link between pet foods with peas, lentils, potatoes and other legume seeds and instances of canine dilated cardiomyopathy in dogs not typically vulnerable to the disease. Jennifer Calfas, Time, "Dog Heart Disease May Be Linked to Potato-Based Pet Food, FDA Says," 13 July 2018 For folate, eat more broccoli, spinach, avocado, lentils, chickpeas, and asparagus. Richard A. Marini, San Antonio Express-News, "6 foods to avoid if you’re taking these prescription drugs," 6 Mar. 2018 That means tahini, pomegranate molasses, and all the lentils. Bon Appetit, "Sahadi's," 25 June 2018 Here are three variations, two combining the lentils with sweet potato and one combining them with carrots. Adam Ried, BostonGlobe.com, "Recipes: Three summer dips featuring red lentils," 22 June 2018 Turn of the heat; let the lentils cool in their cooking liquid. Emily Horton, charlotteobserver, "Four steps to making a great grain salad, every time," 19 June 2018 Include at least one serving of pulses (beans, lentils, peas, chickpeas) daily. Health.com, "Is the Nordic Diet Really Healthier Than the Mediterranean Diet? A Nutritionist Weighs In," 6 June 2018 The result was two years in the making: Peatos, made from a pulse flour blend (pea, fava, lentil) and in flavors such as Masala, Classic Cheese, Fiery Hot and Chili Cheese. Kavita Daswani, latimes.com, "4 ideas for guilt-free summer snacking," 7 July 2018 What to get: The salads — tabbouleh, Greek salad, chopped salad, kale with cranberries and walnuts, avocado and onion, Caesar, lentils — are uniformly fresh and nicely dressed. Jonathan Kauffman, SFChronicle.com, "Upon retiring, the story of the couple behind the Tenderloin’s most-loved deli," 28 June 2018

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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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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 \

Kids Definition of lentil

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

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