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 Make your own faux-turkey loaf at home, packed with lentils, tofu and veggies. Drew Anne Salvatore, Good Housekeeping, "What the Heck Is Tofurky, and Is It Really a Good Substitute for Turkey?," 26 Sep. 2019 Next up: loaded sweet potatoes with lentils, feta, and citrus. Amanda Shapiro, Bon Appétit, "Three Months, 200 Meals, and a LOT of Time on the Road," 19 Sep. 2019 Courtesy of Chauhan Ale & Masala House Dishes like catfish Goan curry, fried green tomato pakoras, and even a reimagined Daal Makhani made with local lentils, beans, collards, and Benton’s ham that sparked controversy. Fortune, "These Award-Winning Chefs Are Expressing Their Indian Heritage With Southern Food," 15 Sep. 2019 The tray looks like a fancy hubcap, with compartments filled with naan, basmati rice, a piece of aloo tikki, salad, stewed lentils, baingan bharta, cabbage and a protein of your choice. Soleil Ho, SFChronicle.com, "Spice of America, the most interesting Indian restaurant in San Francisco, is hiding in plain sight," 6 Sep. 2019 Plant proteins, on the other hand—including beans, legumes (lentils, peas), nuts, seeds, and whole grains—are almost all incomplete. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Does It Make a Difference if You Get Your Protein from Plants or Animals?," 28 Aug. 2019 At a recent American Airlines taste-testing workshop in Chicago, employees were particularly enthusiastic about a new option: shake-to-mix salads with grains like beluga lentils, farro or quinoa, served in clear plastic jars. Lauren Zumbach, chicagotribune.com, "Airlines are trying to improve their food, but feeding people at 35,000 feet is no easy task. At United, employees ‘torture test’ the dishes.," 22 Aug. 2019 In the meantime, geladas who raid nearby farms, where Ethiopian villagers grow lentils, potatoes, and barley, sometimes return with metal snares clamped around a limb. Craig Welch, National Geographic, "These tough-looking monkeys eke out a living at 11,000 feet," 28 Mar. 2019 The new line comes in four flavors — original, lemon pepper, Spanish, and garlic herb — and includes ingredients like lentils, chickpeas, and green peas for almost 40% less net carbs than traditional white rice. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "RightRice, the Low-Carb Side Made From Vegetables, Is Basically the New Cauliflower Rice," 7 Mar. 2019

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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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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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