noun qui·noa \ˈkēn-ˌwä, kē-ˈnō-ə\

Definition of quinoa

  1. :  an annual herb (Chenopodium quinoa) of the goosefoot family that is native to the Andean highlands and is cultivated for its starchy seeds which are used as food and ground into flour; also :  its seeds

Origin and Etymology of quinoa

Spanish, from Quechua kinua

First Known Use: 1625

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