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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Food recall notices have been issues in 2018 for everything from eggs, to ham, to Romaine lettuce. Sheila Vilvens, Cincinnati.com, "Manufacturer recalls salads, sandwiches sold at Target, Fresh Market due to health risk," 21 July 2019 Food recall notices have been issues in 2018 for everything from eggs, to ham, to Romaine lettuce. Casey Smith, Indianapolis Star, "Tyson Foods recalls over 190,000 pounds of chicken fritters sold to restaurants, schools," 8 June 2019 Harvest lettuce seed when the seed coat turns hard and dark in color. oregonlive, "How to save seed from the garden for planting next year," 17 Sep. 2019 Darrin and Jodi Swank opened the farm in 1996, starting as a small, specialty-lettuce operation. Michael Mayo, sun-sentinel.com, "Swank Farms announces 18 dining events for 2019-2020 season," 13 Sep. 2019 And expect to rotate certain plants depending on the season; for instance, pull out tomatoes in the late fall and plant cool-weather crops, such as lettuces or broccoli. Los Angeles Times, "Don’t pull the weeds in Rainbeau Mars’ edible garden," 12 Sep. 2019 In addition to the cole crops, lettuce provide greens for winter meals. Calvin Finch, ExpressNews.com, "Yeah, it feels wrong, but it’s time to plant your winter vegetables," 30 Aug. 2019 For accompaniments, consider laab gai, spicy ground-chicken lettuce wraps ($9); som tom, green papaya salad in a spicy lime dressing ($8); and garlic-chive dumplings, deep-fried with shrimp and chicken wrapped in wonton skins ($7). Rachel Lebeaux, BostonGlobe.com, "Pho O-Sha is a sure winner in Watertown," 21 Aug. 2019 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

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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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