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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Recent Examples of okra from the Web
Meanwhile okra battered in chickpea flour and fried hard has all the elements of counterpoint to the aforementioned cauliflower theater snack.
At JuneBaby, peanuts and whole, charred okra team up memorably in a smoky, spicy vinaigrette.
To minimize its viscous texture, look for pods that are small and firm, avoiding okra that is overly ripe or large.
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Wait until nights are warmer before transplanting okra.
The eatery serves family-style fish and chicken meals including ocean perch or catfish with sides such as hush puppies, okra and cole slaw.
In summer, go with tomatoes, okra, peppers, string beans, melons.
Reduce the heat to maintain a slow simmer and cook, uncovered, for 30 minutes, or until the okra has lost its bright green color and cooked down like the other vegetables.
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Origin and Etymology of okra
of African origin; akin to Ibo ókùrù okra
First Known Use: 1679See Words from the same year
OKRA Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of okra for English Language Learners
: 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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Definition of okra for Students
: the green pods of a garden plant that are used as a vegetable especially in soups and stews
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