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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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 Add a squeeze of lemon or orange juice to a spinach salad, or toss diced apples into a lentil dish. Amy Gorin, NBC News, "7 food pairings that will increase nutrient absorption," 9 July 2018 Salads range from a classic Caesar for $9.95 to strawberry spinach chicken salad for $14.95. Sheryl Devore, Lake County News-Sun, "Guide to outdoor dining in Chicago suburbs: Docks Bar and Grill in Wauconda," 6 July 2018 At Saturday's market, Bean says Arctic Organics will have spinach, kale, Easter Egg radishes, greens mix, escarole, pac choi, rhubarb, arugula, mibuna, lettuce, chives and basil. Steve Edwards, Anchorage Daily News, "Scrumptious strawberries and the beginning of zucchini season," 4 July 2018 Overnight, leafminers attacked my spinach and beets. Ellen Nibali, baltimoresun.com, "Garden Q&A: How to control a leafminer attack," 24 May 2018 It’s opening a few weeks before the summer movie scene gets started, so think of this as a spinach salad to fortify your constitution before the fluffy, funny stuff arrives. cleveland.com, "Summer movie guide: 35 must-see dramas, comedies, superhero films and more," 27 Apr. 2018 The Barbara Bush Pizza has artichokes, spinach, mushrooms, chicken, and garlic. Samira Said And Kaylee Hartung, CNN, "How Barbara Bush changed the life of a Syrian pizza maker," 20 Apr. 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 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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