Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A widely cultivated southwest Asian plant (Spinacia oleracea) having succulent edible leaves.
  • n. The leaves of this plant, eaten as a vegetable.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A particular edible plant, Spinacia oleracea.
  • n. Any of numerous plants which are used for greens in the same way spinach is.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A common pot herb (Spinacia oleracea) belonging to the Goosefoot family.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A chenopodiaceous garden vegetable of the genus Spinacia, producing thick succulent leaves, which, when boiled and seasoned, form a pleasant and wholesome, though not highly flavored dish.
  • n. One of several other plants affording a dish like spinach. See phrases below.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. southwestern Asian plant widely cultivated for its succulent edible dark green leaves
  • n. dark green leaves; eaten cooked or raw in salads

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French espinache, from Medieval Latin spināchium, from Arabic 'isfānāḫ, from Persian espenāj, espenākh.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Via Arabic اسفاناخ (isfānākh), from Persian اسپناخ (ispanākh). (Wiktionary)

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  • If they're so succulent, why do they require seasoning and boiling??

    Heads need to roll over this one.

    July 1, 2011

  • I'm not sure whether CSP worked on this one. I just went to the Peirce Edition Project's site and saw spin, spindle-curve, and Spinozism, but no spinach.

    July 1, 2011

  • CSP always struck me as a meat-and-potatoes man.

    June 30, 2011

  • I love this definition from the Century: "1. A chenopodiaceous garden vegetable of the genus Spinacia, producing thick succulent leaves, which, when boiled and seasoned, form a pleasant and wholesome, though not highly flavored dish."

    June 30, 2011

  • Etymology: Middle French espinache, espinage, from Old Spanish espinaca, from Arabic isbnakh, isfinaakh, from Persian aspanakh.

    August 31, 2009

  • Popular food among Public Relations executives and Popeye.

    December 3, 2008