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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Hummus with raw veggies Reach for a quarter cup of either traditional chickpea hummus or a version made from black beans, lentils, or white beans. Cynthia Sass, Mph, Health.com, "7 Healthy Late-Night Snacks," 3 July 2019 Enter Peri Koshari, a tiny cart almost entirely devoted to the dish, a sort-of Middle Eastern Whole Bowl with a mixed grain mash-up of lentils, rice, chickpeas and macaroni topped with a fried onions wig. Michael Russell, oregonlive.com, "Peri Koshari is the one-dish Egyptian food cart we’ve been waiting for," 25 June 2019 On Sunday, India imposed import tariffs on $220 million of U.S. products, including walnuts, apples and lentils. Courtney Mcbride, WSJ, "Meetings Give U.S. and India a Chance to Get Past Irritants," 17 June 2019 At a recent chef’s dinner at Rebar, Mereday served roasted sea bass laid over tiny black lentils and silky parsnip puree in a pool of intense duck broth reduction. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "This new Italian restaurant in Indianapolis rises above spaghetti and meatballs," 17 June 2019 Other exports included in the higher tariffs include lentils and some chemical products. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "India imposing increased, retaliatory tariffs on US exports including apples, almonds," 16 June 2019 Several housemates had chopped fresh vegetables, scooped lentils from a 24-quart tub to turn into soup, prepared a fresh salad, browned flatbreads in a pan and mixed fresh batches of lemonade and limeade. Cassa Niedringhaus, The Denver Post, "Once-controversial, Boulder housing co-ops proving worth in affordability, community," 16 June 2019 The goods targeted include American apples — which will be hit with a 70% tariff — as well as almonds, lentils and several chemical products. Rishi Iyengar, CNN, "India is hitting the United States with more tariffs," 15 June 2019 For example, Tyson's existing Aidells brand is getting sausage and meatballs that contain 50-60% chicken and 40-50% plants like chickpeas, quinoa and lentils. Dee-ann Durbin, chicagotribune.com, "Meat and poultry king Tyson rolling out pea protein products too," 13 June 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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