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lentil plant

Definition:

a widely cultivated Eurasian annual herb grown for its edible flattened seeds that are cooked like peas and also ground into meal and for its leafy stalks that are used as fodder

Class:

plant noun (plants and fungi)

Plural:

lentil plants

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Examples:

lentil | lentil

Synonyms:

Lens culinaris [species] | lentil | L. culinaris [abbreviation, species]

Etymology:

Old French lentille, from Vulgar Latin *lenticula, diminutive of Latin lens...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Lentil | Lens culinaris [species]

an edible pulse/bean. It's a bushy annual plant of the legume family, grown for its lens-shaped seeds. It's about 40 centimetres tall and the seeds grow in pods, usually with two seeds in each. Lentils have been part of the human diet since the... (44 of 1604 words, 5 images)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Lentil

Collins Dictionary:

lentil | Lens culinaris [species, sense-specific]

a small annual leguminous plantof the Mediterranean region and western Asia, having edible brownish convex seeds | any of the seeds of this plant, ... (23 of 423 words, 2 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/lentil

Columbia Encyclopedia:

lentil | Lens culinaris [species]

leguminous Old World annual plant with whitish or pale blue flowers. Its pods contain two greenish-brown or dark-colored seeds, also called lentils, ... (22 of 172 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/sci​/A​0829404​.html

Oxford Dictionary:

lentil | Lens culinaris [species, sense-specific] | Leguminosae [family, member, sense-specific]

a high-protein pulse which is dried and then soaked and cooked prior to eating. | the plant which yields lentils, native to the Mediterranean and ... (24 of 76 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/lentil

Merriam-Webster:

lentil | Lens culinaris [species, sense-specific]

a widely cultivated Eurasian annual leguminous plant with flattened edible seeds and leafy stalks used as fodder | the seed of the lentil (22 of 61 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/lentil

American Heritage Dictionary:

lentil | Lens culinaris [species, sense-specific]

A leguminous plant "(Lens culinaris") native to southwest Asia, having flat pods containing lens-shaped, edible seeds. | The round, flattened seed of ... (21 of 45 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/lentil

New World Dictionary:

lentil | Lens culinaris [species, sense-specific]

an Old World plant of the pea family with small, edible seeds shaped like biconvex lenses | the seed of this plant (21 of 37 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/lentil

Random House Dictionary:

lentil | Lens culinaris [species, sense-specific]

a plant of the legume family, having flattened, biconvex seeds used as food. | the seed itself. (16 of 26 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/lentil

Britannica Encyclopedia:

lentil [plant]

small annual legume of the pea family and its lens-shaped edible seed, which is rich in protein and one of the most ancient of cultivated foods. Of ... (27 of 314 words, 3 images)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/336146​/lentil

Wiktionary:

lentil | lentils [plural] | Lens culinaris [species, sense-specific] | Lens [genus, sense-specific]

Any of several plants of the genus Lens from southwest Asia, that have edible, lens-shaped seeds within flattened pods. | The seed of these plants, used as food. (27 of 36 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation, 1 image)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/lentil

Macmillan British Dictionary:

lentil [countable] | lentils [plural]

a round flat seed that you boil before you eat it. You normally buy lentils in dried form. (18 of 43 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/lentil

Cambridge Dictionary:

lentil

a very small dried bean that is cooked and eaten (10 of 18 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/lentil

Encarta Dictionary:

lentil | lentils [plural]

an edible seed that is lens-shaped, brown, gray, green, or black on the outside and yellow or orange inside, and rich in protein | a plant of the pea ... (28 of 70 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861696188​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

lentil

First use: mid-13th century

Origin: Old French lentille, from Vulgar Latin *lenticula, diminutive of Latin lens (genitive lentis) "lentil", cognate with Greek ... (19 of 24 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=lentil

Wiktionary:

lentil | lentils [plural]

Origin: Old French lentille from Latin lenticula, diminutive of lēns, from a Proto-Indo-European root shared by German Linse and Ancient Greek λάθυρος (lathuros).

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/lentil

American Heritage Dictionary:

lentil

Origin: Middle English, from Old French lentille, from Vulgar Latin *lentīcula, from Latin lenticula, diminutive of lēns, lent-, lentil.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/lentil

Oxford Dictionary:

lentil

Origin: Middle English: from Old French lentille, from Latin lenticula, diminutive of lens, lent- "lentil"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/lentil

Merriam-Webster:

lentil

First use: 13th century

Origin: Middle English, from Anglo-French lentille, from Latin lenticula, diminutive of lent-, lens

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/lentil

Collins Dictionary:

lentil

First use: 13th century

Origin: from Old French lentille, from Latin lenticula, diminutive of lēns lentil

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/lentil

New World Dictionary:

lentil

Origin: Middle English from Old French lentille from Latin lenticula, diminutive of lens, lentil

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/lentil

Encarta Dictionary:

lentil | lentils [plural]

First use: 14th century

Origin: French lentille from Latin lenticula "little lentil" from lens "lentil"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861696188​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

lentil

Audio: British English pronunciation of "lentil"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/lentil

Macmillan British Dictionary:

lentil [countable] | lentils [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "lentil"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/lentil

Macmillan American Dictionary:

lentil [countable] | lentils [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "lentil"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/lentil

Cambridge Dictionary:

lentil

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "lentil"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "lentil"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/lentil

the Free Dictionary:

lentil

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "lentil"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "lentil"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "lentil" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/lentil

Google Dictionary:

lentil | lentils [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "lentil"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

lentil

Audio: North American pronunciation of "lentil"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=lentil​01 word=lentil

YourDictionary Audio:

lentil

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "lentil" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/lentil

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