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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Drain the black beans and lentils and rinse with water to get rid of the extra sodium and add to the pot. Nazima Qureshi, SELF, "I'm a Registered Dietitian and Here's What I Learned Going Vegan for a Week," 25 Nov. 2018 Swap anything made with refined white flour (like white bread, noodles, and muffins) for complex carbs like brown rice, beans, lentils, or whole-grain pasta and bread. Betsy Stephens, Redbook, "Get Your Body Back With Our Wedding Dress Challenge," 1 Jan. 2013 De Laurentiis recently aligned with Simply 7, a company that makes chips out of quinoa, lentils and hummus. Kavita Daswani, latimes.com, "4 ideas for guilt-free summer snacking," 7 July 2018 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

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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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