nu·tri·tious | \ nu̇-ˈtri-shəs , nyu̇- \

Definition of nutritious 

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Other words from nutritious

nutritiously adverb
nutritiousness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for nutritious


nourishing, nutrient, nutritional, nutritive


nonnutritious, nonnutritive

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Examples of nutritious in a Sentence

The food was both nutritious and delicious. opted for a nutritious snack and bought an apple instead of a candy bar

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Countries may also have to breed or genetically engineer varieties of rice that remain nutritious at higher carbon dioxide levels. Umair Irfan, Vox, "The weird power of rising carbon dioxide to make rice less nutritious," 24 May 2018 Native American women tended their own camas meadows like wild gardens then harvested and preserved the nutritious bulbs for winter food. Bill Monroe,, "10-year-old helps grandparents celebrate Mother's Day," 13 May 2018 In addition, some kinds of old females produce extra-nutritious eggs so these offspring are more likely to survive. Erik Stokstad, Science | AAAS, "Should ‘superspawners’ stir up fisheries management?," 10 May 2018 The potential impact may seem small, but Adjoian believes that converting more checkout lines would open customers' eyes to nutritious, lower-calorie foods. Rachel Nuwer, Scientific American, "Healthy Choices? Storefront Placement Plays a Role," 1 Dec. 2017 The seeds are nutritious and have no psychotropic effects. Andrew Sullivan, Daily Intelligencer, "This nation pioneered modern life. Now epic numbers of Americans are killing themselves with opioids to escape it.," 20 Feb. 2018 But one number doesn't necessarily tell you whether or not a food is nutritious — meaning: Quantity is one factor, but quality is just as, if not more, important., "Restaurants Are Now Required By Law To List Calorie Counts — Can We Handle It?," 10 May 2018 Lunch will be served Monday through Friday from noon to 1 p.m. The federal Summer Meals program provides free, nutritious meals and snacks to children and teenagers 18 years of age and younger. Courant Community, "Community," 10 July 2018 Some of your products could help farmers grow more nutritious crops while a few others could spread disease among thousands of people. Justin Chen, STAT, "In the age of mail-order DNA, a firm seeks to increase safety without slowing progress," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of nutritious

1665, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for nutritious

Latin nutricius, from nutric-, nutrix nurse, from nutrire to nourish — more at nourish

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English Language Learners Definition of nutritious

: having substances that a person or animal needs to be healthy and grow properly : promoting good health and growth


nu·tri·tious | \ nu̇-ˈtri-shəs , nyu̇- \

Kids Definition of nutritious

: providing nutrients : nourishing nutritious snacks


nu·tri·tious | \ n(y)u̇-ˈtrish-əs \

Medical Definition of nutritious 

: providing nourishment

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