\ 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 The first year was a five-course, sit-down dinner flanked with elaborate starters and sides: a Phan collage of watermelon, okra, amaranth tempura and smoked fig; Barrett’s kale, chard and mustard greens with pistachios in an avocado-lime sauce. Bill Addison, Los Angeles Times, 10 June 2021 Take off with shrimp ceviche, fried plantains or cassava root gnocchi with summer squash, corn and okra in a chipotle brown butter hollandaise. Georgann Yara, The Arizona Republic, 19 May 2021 So tomatoes, cucumbers, melons, peppers, eggplants, squash, okra and so on are all fruits. Nan Sterman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 June 2021 Prepared with cornmeal, okra, salt, and butter, its mildness is a perfect complement to the flavorful fish. Anquanette Gaspard, Travel + Leisure, 27 May 2021 That’s why the okra soup that the culinary historian Michael W. Twitty cooked over a fire near a slave cabin on a plantation in South Carolina was by far Mr. Williams’s favorite dish in the series. New York Times, 17 May 2021 But as the show has told us before, okra is a resilient plant. Steffan Triplett, Vulture, 17 May 2021 Add the sausage, shrimp, okra, bay leaves and thyme to the pot and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, 12 May 2021 Until this April, when four more okra suddenly sprouted up. Xian Horn, Forbes, 7 May 2021

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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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15 Jun 2021

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“Okra.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/okra. Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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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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