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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Legumes: peas, chickpeas, lentils, peanuts, beans, etc. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "A Plant-Based Diet, Like the One TODAY's Sheinelle Jones Is Following, Is 100% the Best Way to Eat," 29 Apr. 2019 While the lentils cook, in a small bowl, combine yogurt, ginger and pinch salt. Ashley Rodriguez, Woman's Day, "Curried Tomato Coconut Lentils with Gingery Yogurt," 10 Apr. 2019 The government now risks losing its grip over food distribution as truckloads of U.S. aid—including lentils, rice and flour—arrived in Cúcuta earlier this month. Ryan Dube, WSJ, "U.S. Sanctions Venezuela’s Oil Chief, Says Food Aid Will Be Flown to Border," 15 Feb. 2019 After lentils are fully cooked, taste mixture and adjust seasonings if needed. Nazima Qureshi, SELF, "Here's How a Registered Dietitian Shops and Meal Preps on a Budget," 22 Feb. 2019 The Faroe Island Salmon, with almonds, rhubarb, white asparagus, and green garlic, is almost too pretty too eat, and the confit chicken leg comes with green lentils, spring peas, and a heavenly lavender jus. Todd Plummer, Condé Nast Traveler, "18 Best Restaurants in Boston," 16 July 2018 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

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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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