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

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Good service is as tied to Great American Restaurants as spinach is to Popeye. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "With Randy’s, Great American Restaurants adds fine-dining to its portfolio," 30 Aug. 2019 To start your meal, get the spinach and beet pkhali spreads ($15) served as gorgeous green and magenta scoops that look like a Mardi Gras sundae on a plate. Soleil Ho, SFChronicle.com, "The Bay Area’s first Georgian restaurant shines with cheese pulls and chokhas," 15 Aug. 2019 These will flower to produce a seed, so that seed can be sold to somebody who's going to grow the lettuce or the kale or the spinach. National Geographic, "Episode 8: Honeybee chop shop," 30 July 2019 This is a nice dish but the prosciutto was really needed for texture against the silkiness of the spinach, and the softness of the egg. Anchorage Daily News, "Former ‘Top Chef’ contestant and James Beard-nominated chef takes over Muse restaurant. So: how’s the food?," 17 July 2019 To serve, divide the spinach among the centers of heated serving plates. Wolfgang Puck, Twin Cities, "Wolfgang Puck: Try this quick, light dish when it’s just too hot to cook outdoors," 10 July 2019 Combine the 20 New Zealand spinach leaves and whole garlic cloves in a Vitamix, other high-speed blender or food processor and process until fully combined. Michael Gardiner, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Chef’s guidance in foraging leads the way to tasty culinary discoveries," 25 June 2019 This version by Marja Vongerichten uses a garden’s worth of produce, including tri-color bell peppers, green beans, snow peas, carrots, mushrooms, edamame and spinach. Joe Yonan, The Denver Post, "This quick Korean stir-fry serves up a bounty of fresh-cut vegetables," 13 Aug. 2019 Dole Fresh Vegetables is recalling baby spinach sold in 10 states after a random sample tested positive for salmonella. Kate Gibson, CBS News, "Dole recalls baby spinach after random test finds salmonella risk," 13 Aug. 2019

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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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English Language Learners Definition of spinach

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


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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