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

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Remove pan from heat, stir in water chestnuts, spoon the mixture into lettuce cups and serve. House Beautiful, "Jewels and Jill Elmore's Chicken-Lettuce Cups," 30 Jan. 2012 Mix shrimp, celery, lemon juice, parsley, water chestnuts and 2 tablespoons mayonnaise in a medium bowl; season with salt and pepper. Ann Maloney, NOLA.com, "Easy shrimp salad recipes for a chill weeknight supper," 23 May 2018 In a large bowl, combine beef, oats, water chestnuts, ginger, soy sauce and water; mix lightly, but thoroughly. Atlanta Life, ajc, "7 day menu planner," 16 Mar. 2018 The entrees, kept warm in cast-iron pots on induction burners, might include hulking meatballs with the pillowy loft of Shanghainese lion’s heads, gaining sweetness and crunch from water chestnuts mixed into the ground beef. Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, "A Menu That Defies Tidy Categorization at Ok Lah!," 1 Mar. 2018 In a large mixing bowl, combine the minced chicken, shrimp, soy sauce, wine, white pepper, cilantro, water chestnuts, ginger and garlic, and mix thoroughly. Sarah Fritsche, San Francisco Chronicle, "Recipe: Brandon Jew’s Whole Chicken Wontons in Broth," 1 Mar. 2018 Chef Frank Harroun prepares the dishes that include favorites pork sliders, three varieties of empanadas and the appetizer bacon wrapped water chestnuts. Chris Barlow, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Lucky Joe's : a cocktail lounge filled with conversation and 'sharable' food," 19 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of water chestnut

1597, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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