\ 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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Her recipes reflect her mixed heritage: arroz con pollo (Panamanian chicken and rice) and Bajan cou cou (cornmeal and okra), considered the national dish of Barbados. Sarah Henry, Washington Post, "A new wave of immigrant cookbooks celebrates America’s delicious diversity," 27 June 2019 Pepper transplants, okra seed and southern pea seed can still be planted in the vegetable garden. Calvin Finch, ExpressNews.com, "The top hot-weather plants for color in the San Antonio garden," 7 June 2019 Nuggets of fried okra made up the best side dish by far, hot and crisp with a ragged and raspy breading spiked with cornmeal. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, "Review: Get the South out of your mouth at Hoppin’ John," 5 July 2018 Less well known is that the can of okra pictured on the album’s sleeve wasn’t a piece of art the band commissioned — it was simply found, as is, in a Turkish restaurant in Cologne and photographed. David Renard, New York Times, "Can Was 40 Years Ahead of Its Time. A New Book Helps Us Catch Up.," 12 June 2018 Thick slices of tomato, tossed in a balsamic vinaigrette, are carefully stacked one on top of another and garnished with lady peas, corn kernels and pods of fried okra. Bob Carlton, AL.com, "Ode to an Alabama classic, the Hot and Hot Tomato Salad," 1 May 2018 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

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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


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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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