let·​tuce | \ ˈle-təs How to pronounce lettuce (audio) \

Definition of lettuce

: any of a genus (Lactuca) of composite plants especially : a common garden vegetable (L. sativa) whose succulent leaves are used especially in salads

Examples of lettuce in a Sentence

I like a little lettuce and tomato on my sandwiches.

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But the robot is still much slower than humans, taking 31 seconds on average to pick one lettuce. Nell Lewis, CNN, "Why robots will soon be picking soft fruits and salad," 4 Sep. 2019 However, for those who fancy some purple-ruffles basil and mizuna with their lamb’s leaf lettuce, there is an alternative to nostalgia. The Economist, "The foody benefits of farming vertically," 29 Aug. 2019 The garden is in a sunny room on the 12th floor of the 16th & Market Affordable Workforce Apartments, where basil and lettuce has been growing from white plastic tubes filled with water for the past few months. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Jobs program growing with hydroponics at Father Joe’s," 27 Aug. 2019 Which is to say, somewhere amidst the crushed sesame seed buns, asymmetrical lettuce distribution, great globs of mayo and sad hot-house tomatoes, there was, indeed, something brownish gray that tasted like meat. al, "Let’s get real about fake meat," 14 Aug. 2019 As the fans were getting involved and a lot more vocal, everyone was very excited about the dress and her lettuce bikini. Naomi Hofferber, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Series of Unfortunate Events' Costumer on Creating "Crazy" Latex Octopus Dress, Dragonfly Wings," 14 Aug. 2019 For the Greek Salad side dish, doctor up washed, ready-to-eat lettuce with sliced bell peppers and cucumbers from the salad bar. Linda Gassenheimer, Twin Cities, "It’s too hot to cook. Try these Chicken Pita Pockets instead," 12 Aug. 2019 The restaurant serves a little bit of everything on lengthy menus that cover breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner — running from health-conscious lettuce wraps to hearty fare like ribs, and there's a happy hour daily from 11 a.m. to close. Erin Behan, USA TODAY, "Escape to Palm Springs with a vacation designed just for you," 26 June 2019 On the menu were Tito’s Lemon Smash cocktails (delightful), summer lettuce wraps, and a raw bar. Danielle Naer, Vogue, "God’s Love We Deliver Hosted a Cocktail Party in the Hamptons," 17 June 2019

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First Known Use of lettuce

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lettuce

Middle English letuse, from Anglo-French letuse, probably from plural of letue lettuce plant, from Latin lactuca, from lact-, lac milk; from its milky juice — more at galaxy

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English Language Learners Definition of lettuce

: a plant that has large leaves that are eaten especially in salads


let·​tuce | \ ˈle-təs How to pronounce lettuce (audio) \

Kids Definition of lettuce

: a garden plant that has large crisp leaves eaten especially in salads

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