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
Recent Examples of lentil from the Web
Groups that help orphaned children in Haiti will receive the meals, which organizers said consist of rice, lentils, dried vegetables and nutritional powder.
Combine ground beef with lentils, cooked beans, or lean turkey meat (go 50/50).
Mr. Ben-Oni told me recently over lentils in his office, which was strewn with empty Red Bull cans.
Fragrant saffron rice warmed, and a pot of lentil soup with carrots and turmeric simmered on the stove.
Almost every weekday, tons of lentils, salt, oil and wheat flour are loaded onto an Ilyusin-76 cargo plane at an airport in Jordan.
Our meal automatically started with a complimentary basket of lentil chips and a pair of dipping sauces, one a zippy, bright green mint, the other a purple tamarind, whose sweetness complemented the likable blast of salt from the chips.
His charity, which hosts events for volunteers to package a nonperishable rice-and-lentil casserole mix, had been part of the 15th anniversary of Sept. 11 commemoration in New York last year.
People eat out more often, and prefer Western-style junk food such as burgers and pizza over traditional lentil and vegetable meals.
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Origin and Etymology of lentil
Middle English, from Anglo-French lentille, from Latin lenticula, diminutive of lent-, lens
First Known Use: 13th centurySee Words from the same year
LENTIL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of lentil for English Language Learners
: a type of flat, round seed that is related to the pea and is eaten as a vegetable
LENTIL Defined for Kids
Definition of lentil for Students
: the flattened round edible seed of a plant originally of southwestern Asia
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