ˈō-krə How to pronounce okra (audio)
 Southern also  -krē
: 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

Examples of okra in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Their African skincare, or A-Beauty line, is formulated with antioxidants — including turmeric, okra, quasil and black seed — to target skincare concerns on a cellular level like hyperpigmentation, a common condition that people with melanin experience. Anaja I. Smith, The Hollywood Reporter, 10 May 2024 Alternate them with annual herbs, root vegetables, flowers, okra, beans or other plants that are not in the tomato family. Nan Sterman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 May 2024 Add extra garnishes, like bacon, pickled okra, or pickled green beans, for brunch, or pair with a heavier meal, like chili. Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 8 Apr. 2024 In Room 8, a collection of dainty white bowls waited on a platter: clam soup, steamed fish, crunchy okra with beef slices, bright greens sprinkled with goji berries. Clarissa Wei, The New Yorker, 23 Mar. 2024 The good news is that okra grows well next to most things. Melissa Locker, Southern Living, 17 Apr. 2024 Add in Southern staples with your chicken and shrimp like okra and plum tomatoes. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 12 Mar. 2024 Another invokes the spirit of gumbo with little morsels of andouille, okra, and sautéed bell pepper. The Bon Appétit Staff & Contributors, Bon Appétit, 13 Mar. 2024 And tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, and okra don’t like anything that even rhymes with cool or drafty! Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, 16 Feb. 2024

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Word History


of African origin; akin to Ibo ókùrù okra

First Known Use

1679, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of okra was in 1679

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“Okra.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/okra. Accessed 22 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a tall herb related to the hollyhocks and grown for its edible green pods which are used especially in soups and stews
also : these pods

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