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 In early summer, the lentil fields explode in color, thickly carpeted with bright red, purple and yellow flowers. Rebecca Ann Hughes, Forbes, 15 July 2022 Daily Harvest, which is also facing lawsuits, issued a recall of its French lentil and leek crumbles, which contain tara flour, and the FDA is investigating the outbreak. Emily Heil, Washington Post, 25 July 2022 Try making a hearty lentil soup or pair it with rice for a nourishing, comfort meal. Valerie Agyeman, Good Housekeeping, 21 July 2022 An Oklahoma woman filed a product liability and personal injury lawsuit against Daily Harvest after nearly 500 people were allegedly sickened by the company’s French lentil and leek crumbles. Los Angeles Times, 29 June 2022 Add the rice to the lentil mixture and gently fold to combine. Felicia Campbell, USA TODAY, 14 Apr. 2022 Social media users have reported experiencing a variety of horrifying symptoms, including organ failure, after eating the lentil crumbles. Maggie O'neill, SELF, 22 June 2022 Pair with an orange sorbet dessert or a lentil and burrata pilaf. Tom Mullen, Forbes, 22 May 2022 These lentil and bulgur patties are a traditional Armenian specialty. Washington Post, 15 Apr. 2022 See More

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lentil. Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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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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