\ ˈō-krə How to pronounce okra (audio) , 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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Recent Examples on the Web Serve warm with horseradish remoulade, pickled okra tartar sauce, or your favorite hot sauce. Coastal Living, Southern Living, "4 Delicious Ways to Cook Oysters," 1 July 2020 Most prisoners now work those same fields, picking soybeans and okra for as little as 4 cents an hour. Tim Golden, ProPublica, "Inside the U.S.’s Largest Maximum-Security Prison, COVID-19 Raged. Outside, Officials Called Their Fight a Success.," 24 June 2020 Family members stream in and out of the house—her mother, her aunt, her cousin Mikey—as Brown prepares okra stew. Priya Krishna, Southern Living, "Kardea Brown Honors Gullah Cuisine and Her Family’s Traditions," 17 June 2020 Below the Mason-Dixon, even pious fresh produce—okra, collards, tomatoes—often tastes like original sin. Saveur Editors, Saveur, "Our Favorite Southern Food," 22 May 2020 Stir in the shredded chicken, andouille sausage and roasted okra. Dallas News, "How Dallas’s Alex Snodgrass of The Defined Dish became a Whole30 star and bestselling cookbook author," 29 Apr. 2020 Try this recipe for a zesty, Gumbo-Style Turkey Soup, packed with all the flavors of an authentic gumbo, such as andouille sausage, peppers, and okra. Patricia S York, Southern Living, "How To Make Turkey Soup From Leftovers," 9 Apr. 2020 Besides the holy trinity, the main vegetable in gumbo is okra, but there are versions without it, too. Charlyne Mattox, Country Living, "Gumbo vs. Jambalaya: What's the Real Difference?," 17 Jan. 2020 Emblematic of Southern culture, okra remains a regular on classic Southern restaurant menus. Callie Blount, al, "How to make perfect oven-fried okra," 24 Sep. 2019

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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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8 Jul 2020

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“Okra.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/okra. Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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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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