lettuce

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noun let·tuce \ˈle-təs\

Definition of lettuce

  1. :  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

  1. I like a little lettuce and tomato on my sandwiches.

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Origin and Etymology of 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


First Known Use: 14th century


LETTUCE Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of lettuce for English Language Learners

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


LETTUCE Defined for Kids

lettuce

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noun let·tuce \ˈle-təs\

Definition of lettuce for Students

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

History for lettuce

Many kinds of lettuce have a milky white juice. Lettuce owes its name to this fact. The Latin name for lettuce, lactuca, from which we get English lettuce (through medieval French letuse), came from the Latin word for milk, lac.



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