ro·​maine | \ rō-ˈmān How to pronounce romaine (audio) , 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

Examples of romaine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Gonzales, CaliforniaRosa Villegas woke up at two in the morning on a late August Monday to make her way to the lettuce fields in California’s south Salinas Valley, where she was scheduled to start bagging heads of romaine at 4 a.m. Alejandra Borunda, National Geographic, "An extraordinary summer of crises for California’s farmworkers," 1 Sep. 2020 With every compostable bowl that Sally the salad-making robot fills with chicken and romaine lettuce, the Bay Area food scene inches closer to the singularity: the widespread integration of dining with high-end technology. Justin Phillips,, "'Twilight Zone' of dining: Robots are coming to a restaurant near you," 2 Aug. 2020 For instance, when one researcher increased the spacing between romaine lettuces from 8 to 10 inches, the harvest weight per plant doubled. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About Starting a Vegetable Garden," 28 May 2020 The resulting soup, made with a mix of romaine and spinach, has a delicate but definite flavor of springtime. Beth Segal, cleveland, "Lettuce 2.0: In and out of the salad bowl," 16 June 2020 Alternatively, Schenker suggests refrigerating them overnight and then tossing with romaine, arugula, red onion and a balsamic dressing for a simple salad. Mandy Major, Woman's Day, "10 Common Cooking Mistakes—Solved," 11 May 2011 The boxes included items such as romaine lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers and lemons. Rafael Carranza, azcentral, "Demand for food assistance spikes in southern Arizona's poorest county," 9 May 2020 In the past year alone, major outbreaks have been caused by romaine lettuce, ground beef, basil, papaya, melon, tahini and tuna. Alice Callahan, New York Times, "Don’t Let Food Poisoning Ruin Your Holiday," 17 Apr. 2020 Banks is pairing takeout cartons of Bolognese and al pastor tacos with strawberries, romaine lettuce, dish soap and laundry detergent. Washington Post, "Cheeseburger with a side of toilet paper and dog food: Restaurants pivot to groceries to stay in business," 11 Apr. 2020

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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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The first known use of romaine was in 1907

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19 Sep 2020

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“Romaine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of romaine

US : a type of lettuce that has long, crisp leaves

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