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

Examples of spinach in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Now, who doesn’t know how to chop up some ham and/or spinach? Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Transform leftover holiday ham into an elegant tart," 8 Apr. 2021 Right now, the boys love their mom’s banana-spinach protein pancakes. Nataly Keomoungkhoun, Dallas News, "The Marr, the merrier: Identical quadruplet North Texas boys celebrate 1st birthdays," 8 Apr. 2021 There are vegan specialties from breakfast to dinner, including blueberry-corn pancakes, avocado toast, Caesar salad, a tempeh Reuben, mac and cheese, cauliflower wings, pappardelle with Bolognese and spinach ravioli. Rick Nelson, Star Tribune, "32 vegan and vegan-friendly restaurants in the Twin Cities," 1 Apr. 2021 Rich in antioxidants, fiber and vitamin C, spinach is great for fighting infection and supporting a healthy immune system. Angela Watson, chicagotribune.com, "Foods that boost the immune system," 27 Mar. 2021 Case in point: A 4-ounce bag of arugula, tatsoi, spinach, baby kale, or microgreens is just $4. BostonGlobe.com, "An urban farm embarks on its first season, determined to serve its community," 23 Mar. 2021 Add spinach leaves to a saucepan and pour in 2 cups cold water and 4 Tbsp white vinegar. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "How to Make Homemade Natural Easter Egg Dyes With the Food in Your Kitchen," 17 Mar. 2021 This version from Brigid Washington subs collards and spinach for harder to find taro leaves. Brigid Washington, Bon Appétit, "This Simple, Soulful Dish Tells the Story of My Ancestors," 8 Mar. 2021 Nick Williams of Small Talk Studio illustrates his T-shirts, button-ups, and jeans with a melange of random images, such as a box of Nag Champa incense, a Popeye spinach can, and a serene-looking cow. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Dua Lipa Embraces the Growing Trend of Hand-Painted Clothes," 24 Feb. 2021

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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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12 Apr 2021

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“Spinach.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spinach. Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

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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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