\ 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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In the vegetable garden, Burch gleefully points out the serried ranks of okra, eggplant, beans, peppers, kale, cucumber, and cantaloupe. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Inside Tory Burch’s Lovingly Restored Antigua Getaway," 15 Aug. 2018 Before there was a big brunch scene in Charleston, there was Robert Stehling and his Charleston Nasty biscuit, and that, along with his shrimp and grits, perfectly fried okra, collards, and fried catfish, is as on point as ever. Stephanie Burt, Condé Nast Traveler, "28 Best Restaurants in Charleston," 2 May 2018 The stewed okra with cod is especially hard to pin down. New York Times, "A Brooklyn Favorite for Jamaican Food Beats the Odds," 26 June 2018 The fried okra was admirable, appearing to be freshly breaded and precisely fried. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, "Paula Deen vs. Buddy V: S.A.’s Celebrity Restaurant Smackdown," 7 May 2018 Growing guidelines When okra is 4 inches tall, mulch to keep out weeds and conserve moisture. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "Your Complete Guide To Growing Okra," 21 Feb. 2018 To make hair and arms, cut tops off okra and attach to gourd with toothpicks (use awl to break through skin if necessary). Woman's Day Staff, Woman's Day, "50+ Creative Pumpkin Carving Ideas for Halloween," 25 July 2018 Menu includes hearty okra stews with banku; fufu; kenkey; jollof rice and jerk chicken; and Jamaican beef patties — all at wallet-friendly prices (e.g. most platters are $13 and under). Michael Klein, Philly.com, "The sassy, hoagie-mouthed chef is back | Let's Eat," 11 July 2018 Meanwhile, stir together broccoli slaw mix, scallion, pickled okra, Greek yogurt, olive oil, and apple cider vinegar. Marian Cooper Cairns, Country Living, "Sloppy Joes with Pickled Okra Slaw," 9 Aug. 2017

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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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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


\ 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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