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

Examples of spinach in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Eve Hansen Collagen Boosting Sheet Mask works to stimulate collagen in the skin through nourishing ingredients such as blueberry, spinach and tangerine extracts, as well as hyaluronic acid. Nikhita Mahtani, CNN Underscored, "14 top-rated sheet masks you can buy on Amazon right now," 9 Sep. 2020 Add sausage, beef, and spinach; gently mix to combine. Kate Merker, Country Living, "Slow Cooker Spinach-and-Parmesan Meatballs," 7 Sep. 2020 His plates looked perfect, while my sweet potatoes barely sat atop the spinach without falling. Sanderia Faye, Dallas News, "In pandemic, a Dallas author finds relief — and a whole new outlet — in cooking," 28 Aug. 2020 Salmon gets a lattice of shredded potatoes and a base of sauteed spinach and feathery mushrooms, ringed in lemon butter. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "These three restaurants can help you keep date night on your to-do list," 21 Aug. 2020 Diastolic blood pressure remained lower five hours after ingesting the spinach and rocket drinks. Cynthia Sass, Mph, Health.com, "6 Health Benefits of Spinach, According to a Nutritionist," 18 Aug. 2020 The veggie rollup was packed with green peppers, onions, tomatoes, mushrooms, broccoli and spinach with delicious hash browns on the side. Marc Bona, cleveland, "Claudette’s Café & Deli: Northeast Ohio’s best weekend brunches, breakfasts," 26 Jan. 2019 Container of cut leaf spinach not kept cold enough. Ebony Day, The Arizona Republic, "Tempe coffee shop has 5 violations on this week’s restaurant inspection list," 27 Aug. 2020 Add equal amounts of spinach and scallions to each bowl; ladle miso broth into each. Ana Calderone, PEOPLE.com, "Selena Gomez Dishes on Her Favorite 'Comfort Foods' and Learning to Cook in Quarantine," 27 Aug. 2020

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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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14 Sep 2020

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“Spinach.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spinach. Accessed 23 Sep. 2020.

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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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