\ˈō-krə, Southern also -krē\

Definition of okra 

1 : a tall annual herb (Abelmoschus esculentus) of the mallow family that is cultivated for its mucilaginous green pods used especially in soups or stews also : the pods of this plant

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Menu includes hearty okra stews with banku; fufu; kenkey; jollof rice and jerk chicken; and Jamaican beef patties — all at wallet-friendly prices (e.g. most platters are $13 and under). Michael Klein, Philly.com, "The sassy, hoagie-mouthed chef is back | Let's Eat," 11 July 2018 Meanwhile, stir together broccoli slaw mix, scallion, pickled okra, Greek yogurt, olive oil, and apple cider vinegar. Marian Cooper Cairns, Country Living, "Sloppy Joes with Pickled Okra Slaw," 9 Aug. 2017 Vegetables: Boniato, calabaza, cherry tomato, okra, Southern pea, Seminole pumpkin, sweet cassava, roselle, sweet potato and yard-long bean; start transplants of eggplant, peppers and tomatoes from seed in mid July. 4. Tom Maccubbin, OrlandoSentinel.com, "July in the garden," 30 June 2018 The area's spring and early-summer bounty will be followed by a dead-of-summer lull when the intense heat and humidity shut down all but the most avid of heat-seeking vegetables, such as okra, peppers and tomatoes. Judy Walker, NOLA.com, "A guide to New Orleans area produce: When to buy what," 18 Apr. 2018 Or steel pans of colorful bindhi masala that elevated okra to a savory main dish or reliable tarka dal that turned lentils into a smooth celebration of cumin and ginger. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, "Review: India Oven brings the heat on West Avenue," 12 July 2018 Serve chicken Sloppy Joes with our broccoli and okra slaw and crunchy onion rings. Marian Cooper Cairns, Country Living, "Sloppy Joes with Pickled Okra Slaw," 9 Aug. 2017 The top pick is crowned with bacon and blue cheese; for non-meat eaters, the veggie version is perfectly grilled with chickpeas, eggplant and okra and amped up with green figs. Melanie Reffes, USA TODAY, "Where to eat on the beach in the Caribbean," 8 June 2018 After a typical meal of soup, rice, chicken, okra and salads, Ms. Abu Latif, in a traditional embroidered dress, hawked her homemade spice mixes and cookies, bonded with guests over recipes and handed out business cards. Isabel Kershner, New York Times, "Israelis Play Tourists in a Bedouin Town in the Negev," 6 June 2018

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First Known Use of okra

1679, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for okra

of African origin; akin to Ibo ókùrù okra

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English Language Learners Definition of okra

: a tall plant whose pods are eaten as a vegetable and are used in soups and stews; also : the pods of this plant


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Kids Definition of okra

: the green pods of a garden plant that are used as a vegetable especially in soups and stews

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