ro·​maine | \rō-ˈmān, ˈrō-ˌmān\

Definition of romaine 

: a lettuce that belongs to a cultivar of garden lettuce (Lactuca sativa) and has long crisp leaves and columnar heads

called also cos lettuce

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In a large bowl, combine herbs with 3 cups romaine lettuce, ribbed and chopped small, and 2 scallions, minced. Louisa Shafia, WSJ, "America’s Most Satisfying Salad," 27 Sep. 2018 The first experiment entailed growing red romaine lettuce in pillows of clay instead of soil. Loren Grush, The Verge, "How NASA is learning to grow plants in space and on other worlds," 21 Sep. 2018 Traceback investigations by federal authorities linked the illnesses to romaine lettuce grown in the Yuma region of Arizona. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "The poop of 100K cows may be to blame for that deadly romaine E. coli outbreak," 8 Aug. 2018 In an earlier statement, however, Panera CEO Blaine Hurst said the company stopped sourcing romaine from Yuma shortly after the CDC issued an advisory on April 13, and is now using lettuce from California. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "Her 6-Year-Old Son Got E. Coli and Went Into Kidney Failure After Eating a Pizza Shop Salad. Now She’s Suing," 15 May 2018 Restaurants and retailers should not serve or sell romaine from that region. Marie Mccullough,, "Romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak continues to grow," 25 Apr. 2018 Restaurants and retailers should not sell chopped romaine from the Yuma area, the CDC said. Sean Rossman, USA TODAY, "Throw out all of your romaine lettuce, it could have E. coli, CDC says," 19 Apr. 2018 Our nation’s handy grab-and-go options tend to be tightly packed disappointments of iceberg or romaine leaves, tossed with some dry chicken cubes, and paired with packets of goopy balsamic dressing. Natalie B. Compton, GQ, "How to Make Your Store-Bought Lunch Salad a Little Less Depressing," 19 June 2018 Rows of kale, chard and romaine grow on sliding columns suspended from the ceiling. Anne Kadet, WSJ, "Urban Farming Program Cultivates Opportunity in the Projects," 12 June 2018

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First Known Use of romaine

1907, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for romaine

French, from feminine of romain Roman, from Old French, from Latin Romanus

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English Language Learners Definition of romaine

: a type of lettuce that has long, crisp leaves

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