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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Avocado, bacon, tarragon, parsley and other herbs, and lettuce have no place in the salad. Sally Pasley Vargas, BostonGlobe.com, "Recipe: How to make a perfect lobster roll," 1 July 2019 Spread 1 to 2 tablespoons of blue cheese dressing on one side of the roll, and top with warm chicken and shredded lettuce. Simran Singh, The Mercury News, "Quick Cook: Sensational Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches," 29 June 2019 Filling up on low-calorie foods, like cucumber, celery and lettuce, is a tactic common in people with disordered eating. Cynthia Sass, Health.com, "What Is the Cucumber Diet?," 21 June 2019 The modern farming industry has already produced rice that photosynthesizes more efficiently, cotton that’s resistant to pests, and lettuce that can grow in warehouses, their tender leaves never touched by the sun. Sara Harrison, WIRED, "The Midwest's Farms Face an Intense, Crop-Killing Future," 18 June 2019 In other news, giving rabbits lettuce is like feeding them drugs, pet experts have warned. Fox News, "Rare spectacled bear being 'driven to extinction' by penis bone poachers brewing 'magical sex potion'," 5 June 2019 Brassicas yield to tomatoes; lettuces give way to peppers. Mike Klingaman, baltimoresun.com, "How a Columbia gardener turns his tiny plot into a full-fledged feast," 4 June 2019 In the new update, the FDA notes that a Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) is located nearby to a cluster of romaine lettuce farms. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "The poop of 100K cows may be to blame for that deadly romaine E. coli outbreak," 8 Aug. 2018 American Hero This is a sandwich, one hardy hoagie hugging Virginia ham, salami, pepperoni, a lettuce/slaw mixture, freshly made special sauce, tomatoes and American and jalapeno cheeses at R.E. Smith Food and Drink. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "Hash brown grilled cheese! Here are 22 new foods at the 2019 Indiana State Fair," 5 Aug. 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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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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