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

Other Words from spinach

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

Examples of spinach in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This pasta recipe is filled with delicious chicken and bacon, but also green beans and spinach for a healthy dose of vegetables. Katelyn Lunders, Woman's Day, 15 June 2022 In addition to the champagne list and cocktail menu, the Secret Garden also offers tasting crêpes like the spinach and brie ($12) or the ham and gruyère with a dijon cream sauce ($16). Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 11 June 2022 But the research does demonstrate the possibilities for growing terrestrial plants—even one day, edible plants like spinach—on the moon or beyond. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, 7 June 2022 The spinach-gulping and bottle-armed comics hero turned 93 in January. Michael Cavna, Washington Post, 3 June 2022 Even the great Roger Federer, who likes clay courts like 5-year-olds like spinach, only has won one title at the French. Bill Dwyre, Los Angeles Times, 29 May 2022 According to the brand’s website, acheta powder has 40% more potassium than whey protein, the protein source found in many a bar, as well as three times the amount of iron as spinach. Elaheh Nozari, Bon Appétit, 27 May 2022 Full of good-for-you antioxidants, the bright-red berry works a particular magic in a salad, especially when paired with another favorite spring market find, spinach. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 23 May 2022 Darius Thomas was whipping up an impressive quesadilla salad, with spinach and kale. Courtland Milloy, Washington Post, 17 May 2022 See More

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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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“Spinach.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spinach. Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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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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