spinach

noun
spin·​ach | \ ˈspi-nich How to pronounce spinach (audio) \

Definition of spinach

1 : an Asian herb (Spinacia oleracea) of the goosefoot family cultivated for its edible leaves which form in a dense basal rosette also : its leaves
2a : something unwanted, pretentious, or spurious
b : an untidy overgrowth

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Other Words from spinach

spinachlike \ ˈspi-​nich-​ˌlīk How to pronounce spinachlike (audio) \ adjective
spinachy \ ˈspi-​ni-​chē How to pronounce spinachy (audio) \ adjective

Examples of spinach in a Sentence

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Transfer chicken to plates, scatter spinach over peppers remaining on sheet and toss until just beginning to wilt. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Fennel Roasted Chicken and Peppers," 21 Dec. 2018 When ready to assemble, layer spinach in bowl and top with chickpeas, eggplant, cauliflower, and bean sprouts. Nazima Qureshi, SELF, "I'm a Registered Dietitian and Here's What I Learned Going Vegan for a Week," 25 Nov. 2018 Just make sure to buy whole-leaf frozen spinach instead of chopped. Amiel Stanek, Bon Appetit, "Easy Gomae (Japanese-Style Spinach Salad)," 28 May 2018 That night’s vegetarian option picked its own outfit: gnocchi with butternut squash, mushrooms and spinach in brown butter. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, "Review: Outlaw Kitchens sets a neighborly table in Alta Vista," 5 Apr. 2018 Add chicken broth and baby spinach and simmer 10 minutes. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Broccoli-Parmesan Chicken Soup," 28 Nov. 2018 The Tuscan beef burger shares brioche bun space with mozzarella, tomato, basil, baby spinach, garlic mayonnaise and a drizzle of balsamic reduction. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "18 new restaurants in Carmel, Noblesville, Westfield and Indianapolis' north side," 27 June 2018 Ditch the chicken, use veggie broth and toss in 2 more cups of baby spinach. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Broccoli-Parmesan Chicken Soup," 28 Nov. 2018 It is prepared by cooking down plenty of spinach for hours in a generous quantity of oil. Yotam Ottolenghi, The Seattle Times, "Yet another way to eat your spinach: try the Tunisian condiment pkaila," 18 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of spinach

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for spinach

Middle English spinache, from Anglo-French, alteration of Old French espinaces, from Medieval Latin spinachium, ultimately from Arabic isfānākh, from Pers

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The first known use of spinach was in the 15th century

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spinach

noun

English Language Learners Definition of spinach

: a plant with dark green leaves that are eaten as a vegetable

spinach

noun
spin·​ach | \ ˈspi-nich How to pronounce spinach (audio) \

Kids Definition of spinach

: a garden plant with usually large dark green leaves that are eaten cooked or raw as a vegetable

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