lentil

noun
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

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Red lentil soup, served all over Turkey, isn’t overly thick like many soups made from legumes. Sheryl Julian, BostonGlobe.com, "Along Norwood’s Automile, outstanding Turkish cuisine at Gyro & Kebab House," 7 May 2018 Zuckerbrot’s other lunch suggestions include a lentil soup and leafy-green side salad, or a whole-wheat wrap with veggies and protein. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "How to Kill Your Afternoon Sugar Craving," 7 Jan. 2019 Cook lentils per package directions. Drain and rinse to cool. Joy Bauer, Ms, Woman's Day, "Lentil Hummus," 25 Oct. 2018 Grandma Rose recommends the lentil soup, minestrone, or the tomato basil. Alex Beggs, Bon Appetit, "The Houston Restaurant That Astronauts—and My Grandparents—Hit Up for Lunch," 6 June 2018 Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the cafe serves tomato basil soup, quiche Lorraine, salmon with French lentils, crepe Romanoff, fruit tarts and all-butter croissant. Jennifer Mcclellan, azcentral, "19 new restaurants opened in Phoenix in May for donuts, salads, tacos, pizza," 1 June 2018 The foods not allowed on this plan include legumes (peanuts, beans, lentils, tofu), grains, dairy, refined sugar, salt, artificial sweeteners, anything processed, and alcohol. Amy Capetta, Good Housekeeping, "Paleo Versus Keto: Which Is the Better Diet for You?," 10 Dec. 2018 The dumplings are good for the soul, while the vegetables and lentils nourish the body. Sunset, "6 Gourmet Backpacking Recipes for a Tasty Adventure," 22 Jan. 2018 Learn how to craft your own set (hint: fill some scrap fabric with beans or lentils, and sew shut), or buy one at Hayneedle.com. Jessica Leigh Hester, Country Living, "3 Outdoor Games to Play This Summer," 27 June 2014

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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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lentil

noun

English Language Learners Definition of lentil

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

lentil

noun
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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