lentil

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noun len·til \ˈlen-təl\

Definition of lentil

  1. 1 :  a widely cultivated Eurasian annual leguminous plant (Lens culinaris) with flattened edible seeds and leafy stalks used as fodder

  2. 2 :  the seed of the lentil

Origin and Etymology of lentil

Middle English, from Anglo-French lentille, from Latin lenticula, diminutive of lent-, lens


First Known Use: 13th century


LENTIL Defined for English Language Learners

lentil

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noun len·til \ˈlen-təl\

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

lentil

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noun len·til \ˈlen-təl\

Definition of lentil for Students

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



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