okra

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noun \ˈō-krə, Southern also -krē\

Definition of okra

  1. 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

  2. 2 :  1gumbo 1

Origin and Etymology of okra

of African origin; akin to Ibo ókùrù okra


First Known Use: 1679


OKRA Defined for English Language Learners

okra

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noun \ˈō-krə, Southern also -krē\

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


OKRA Defined for Kids

okra

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noun \ˈō-krə\

Definition of okra for Students

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


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