spin·ach | \ˈspi-nich \

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 \ adjective
spinachy \ˈspi-ni-chē \ adjective

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In mid-August set out broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts transplants, and in late August sow beets, carrots, radishes, spinach, lettuce and other leaf and root crops. Neil Sperry, star-telegram, "Here’s your gardening to-do list for the second part of the summer," 11 July 2018 Instead, look for drinks with a high veggie content, especially leafy greens such as spinach and kale, and little if any fruit juice. Consumer Reports, Washington Post, "That juice may be green, but it’s not as healthy as you think," 25 June 2018 That means cool weather plants, such as spinach, lettuce and Swiss chard, should already be taking off. Donna Vickroy, Daily Southtown, "From raised beds to seed bombs, what's growing in the gardening world?," 15 May 2018 The base is kale, which holds up to dressings and won’t wilt like iceberg lettuce or spinach. Alysha Witwicki, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Salmon a surprising basis for a comfort food menu," 31 Mar. 2018 In the vegetable garden, plant seed for beets, carrots, celeriac, celery, collards, endive, fennel, jicama, kale, leaf lettuce, mustard, peas, potatoes, radish, spinach, Swiss chard and turnips. Debbie Arrington, sacbee, "Spring fever? Get to work," 23 Mar. 2018 The following foods all have more than 90% of their weight in water content: Cucumbers, grapefruit, canteloupe, tomatoes, watermelon, blueberries, strawberries, lettuce, spinach, zucchini. Lauren Sheffield, Harper's BAZAAR, "6 Ways To Stay Hydrated Without Water," 17 July 2014 On the menu: Among the eight appetizers are crab cakes in puffed pastry, spinach and artichoke dip, and shrimp scampi. Myrna Petlicki, Lake County News-Sun, "Guide to outdoor dining in Chicago suburbs: Reflections Restaurant & Lounge in Lake Villa," 7 July 2018 In a food processor, place the cilantro and spinach and process until chopped into tiny pieces. Susan Selasky, charlotteobserver, "Celebrate the Fourth with minimal fuss, maximum flavor," 3 July 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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English Language Learners Definition of spinach

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


spin·ach | \ˈspi-nich \

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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