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 Trini stew fish at Antoinette's Restaurant in the city of Whitehorse in the Yukon; black lentil dahl at Trini throwback Baccanalle in Ottawa; and Guyanese curry in fluffy roti shells at Famena's Famous Roti & Curry in Winnipeg. Heather Greenwood Davis, Travel + Leisure, 27 May 2021 On Wednesday, the couple gave a quick house tour during an Instagram Live session, in which Teigen, 35, showed fans how to cook a red lentil soup recipe from the forthcoming third installment of her popular Cravings cookbook series. Gabrielle Chung, PEOPLE.com, 12 May 2021 Good breakfast options rich in protein include an egg, tofu, or lentil and veggie scramble; overnight oats or pancakes bolstered with plant protein powder; and dairy- or plant-based Greek yogurt with fruit and nuts. Cynthia Sass, Rd, Health.com, 26 Apr. 2021 Among his favorite dishes: a red-lentil pasta with kale and pine-nut pesto. Vogue, 11 Mar. 2021 If soup is too thick, add more lentil cooking liquid or broth. Aleksandra Crapanzano, WSJ, 27 Feb. 2021 What to say about the softest lentil, Bimini Bon Boulash, who’s served us Brexit buns and Katie Price impressions? Raven Smith, Vogue, 3 Mar. 2021 The veggie one includes five mini-dishes: collard greens, a flavorful yellow cabbage, onion, and potato curry, and three different lentil curries — yellow, green, and red. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 2 Mar. 2021 The menu was lentil and vegetable soup with hot lemongrass tea. Dianne Solis, Dallas News, 19 Feb. 2021

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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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“Lentil.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lentil. Accessed 21 Jun. 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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