\ 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

Examples of okra in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On the menu is smoked whitefish with cornbread financier, boudin balls served with green tomatoes and charred corn relish and red pepper remoulade, charred oysters with chili oil picked okra, and micro collards. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 6 June 2022 The decadent formula melds coconut cream with fresh okra and macadamia ethyl to protect hair from environmental factors. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 26 May 2022 Another is quimbombó, a stew made with okra, plantains and pork. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, The Arizona Republic, 16 May 2022 Add the onion, bell pepper, and okra to the bacon grease in the pot. Mackensy Lunsford, USA TODAY, 15 July 2022 The scene of okra plants, banana trees and harvesting the day’s crop might seem timeless. New York Times, 22 May 2022 Thread olives, okra and Chicharrones on the bamboo skewer and place over the glass. Enjoy Immediately! Elizabeth Karmel, Forbes, 25 June 2022 Tempura okra with green curry ranch and the Monte Cristo wrap with raspberry jalapeño jam. Robin Soslow, Chron, 19 June 2022 Guests feasted on Gullah Geechee classics like red rice and okra stew. New York Times, 6 June 2022 See More

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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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“Okra.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/okra. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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\ ˈō-krə How to pronounce okra (audio) \

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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