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 Dangerous-looking fruit is from a water chestnut, a plant that has been part of our diet since Neolithic times. Leslie Nemo, Scientific American, 29 June 2021 The moonflower found wrapped around a water chestnut tree at the CUBG was obtained in 2015 from the Bonn Botanic Garden in Germany, but bloomed for the first time this year, reports the BBC. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 3 Mar. 2021 Lunch options include spicy chopped chicken livers, stuffed cabbage with chicken, and water chestnuts in green curry. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, 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, 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, 29 Jan. 2020 The meatball is a mixture of pork, lump crabmeat and chopped water chestnuts. Todd A. Price, NOLA.com, 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, 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, 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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The first known use of water chestnut was in 1597

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“Water chestnut.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/water%20chestnut. Accessed 7 Dec. 2021.

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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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