water chestnut


Definition of water chestnut

1 : any of a genus (Trapa, especially T. natans of the family Trapaceae, the water-chestnut family) of Old World aquatic herbs sometimes grown as ornamentals also : its edible nutlike spiny fruit
2 : a whitish crunchy vegetable used especially in Chinese cooking that is the peeled and often sliced tuber of a sedge (Eleocharis dulcis synonym E. tuberosa) native to Asia but widely cultivated elsewhere also : the tuber or the sedge itself

Examples of water chestnut in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Lunch options include spicy chopped chicken livers, stuffed cabbage with chicken, and water chestnuts in green curry. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, "Thai Diner, From the Uncle Boons Team, Opens," 18 Feb. 2020 The best case for casings is a plate of dimpled gyozas, rich with duck confit and gently crisp with water chestnuts. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "Cranes is a little Japanese, a lot Spanish and something to look at," 28 Feb. 2020 Pork dumplings with wood ear, bamboo shoots, water chestnut with a black vinegar dipping sauce (hot and sour soup inspired dumpling). oregonlive, "Dumpling Week is back, with 35 Portland restaurants offering special dishes," 29 Jan. 2020 The meatball is a mixture of pork, lump crabmeat and chopped water chestnuts. Todd A. Price, NOLA.com, "Luvi's chef tells a deliciously beautiful story: First look review," 22 May 2018 Combine one cup each of sour cream, mayo and water chestnuts with one bunch of green onions, one box of frozen chopped spinach and one package of vegetable soup mix. Ashley Luthern, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "In 1984, the wives of Green Bay Packers players made a cookbook for charity. It's gold.," 28 Nov. 2019 On Saturday, Middletown’s Jonah Center will host the first of two Paddle with a Purpose events to clean out the invasive water chestnut plants from the Floating Meadows, at the convergence of the Coginchaug and Mattabasset rivers. Kathleen Mcwilliams, courant.com, "Jonah Center to host two “Paddle with a Purpose” events to clear invasive species from the Floating Meadows," 11 June 2019 Some are layered with kale, carrot and water chestnuts, others with tofu, mushrooms, Chinese cabbage and dried seaweed. Ann Trieger Kurland, BostonGlobe.com, "Dumplings are a good bet," 27 Aug. 2019 According to the Connecticut River Conservancy, water chestnut infestations impede fishing, hunting, swimming and boating as the plants can cover large areas and grow 16 feet deep. Kathleen Mcwilliams, courant.com, "Jonah Center to host two “Paddle with a Purpose” events to clear invasive species from the Floating Meadows," 11 June 2019

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First Known Use of water chestnut

1597, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Water chestnut.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/water%20chestnut. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of water chestnut

: the white root of a plant that grows in water and that is often used in Chinese cooking

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