lettuce

noun
let·​tuce | \ˈle-təs \

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.

Recent Examples on the Web

Cut the lettuce into 6 wedges; refrigerate 2 of the wedges for another use. Sarah Fritsche, SFChronicle.com, "Recipe: Baby Iceberg Wedge Salad With Chilled Shrimp, Mint & Green Goddess," 3 July 2018 Chicken Cheddar Shells with Peach Caprese Salad Leave out the lettuce and make room for a match made in heaven in this peach caprese salad. Danielle Page, USA TODAY, "Inventive summer salads for a fresh take on dinner," 2 July 2018 Top the lettuce with Fontina, cashews, red onion and Mandarin orange segments. Kathryn Gregory, The Courier-Journal, "Celebrate Fourth of July with these Louisville chef throwback recipes," 2 July 2018 Health officials said the lettuce that caused the national outbreak was linked to many farms in the region. New York Times, BostonGlobe.com, "Officials identify source in E. coli outbreak," 1 July 2018 And while the lettuce doesn't cost much, all the other components probably will. Nick Kindelsperger, chicagotribune.com, "Long live the wedge salad, America's silliest salad," 21 June 2018 Examples include: garlic planted near roses helps keep the aphid population in check; radishes alongside spinach will keep the leaf miners away; tall flowers provide shade for lettuce. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "Easy-To-Grow Plants You Should Plant This Spring," 1 Mar. 2018 Think salad bars with most of the items raised on site, including tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, lettuce, kale, swiss chard, basil, and bok choy. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "How urban farms in New York schools are raising food to fight inequality," 27 Sep. 2018 The versatile lunch offerings include soup or specialty salads, such as the Danish with Romaine lettuce, red onions, pasta, cucumbers and feta cheese. Patrick Z. Mcgavin, Daily Southtown, "Guide to outdoor dining in Chicago suburbs: Chuck's Southern Comforts Cafe in Burbank," 9 July 2018

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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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lettuce

noun

English Language Learners Definition of lettuce

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

lettuce

noun
let·​tuce | \ˈle-təs \

Kids Definition of lettuce

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

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