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

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The romaine lettuce linked to the E. coli outbreak earlier this year was from Yuma, Arizona. Candice Choi, The Seattle Times, "Americans, Canadians are warned not to eat romaine lettuce," 21 Nov. 2018 Toss with romaine lettuce and 1 cup fresh cilantro. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Cheesy Tex-Mex Stuffed Chicken," 21 Dec. 2018 Fattoush is a common middle eastern salad made with crunchy romaine, tomatoes, cucumbers and generally what is fresh and in season. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Restaurant of the Year Classic: Three simple Lebanese recipes from Phoenicia," 11 Feb. 2018 This is not the first outbreak of E. coli from romaine lettuce in the US this year. Brian Resnick, Vox, "Food safety detectives are zeroing in on source of romaine lettuce E. Coli outbreak," 27 Nov. 2018 Food borne diseases—like the current outbreak of E. coli affecting romaine lettuce—will also occur more frequently. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Climate Change Could Cost The United States Economy Hundreds of Billions Annually," 26 Nov. 2018 No one should eat or buy romaine lettuce for the time being as public health officials gather more information. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Romaine Lettuce Is Not Safe to Eat, CDC Warns After E. Coli Outbreak," 20 Nov. 2018 Toss poppy seed onions with romaine and spoon on top of sausages. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Chicago-Style Chicken Dogs," 16 Aug. 2018 Since the origins of produce are often difficult for consumers to find out, many people were avoiding romaine altogether. Olivia Harrison,, "Apparently We Don't Have To Be Afraid Of Romaine Lettuce Anymore," 18 May 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

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

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