American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A widely cultivated southwest Asian plant (Spinacia oleracea) having succulent edible leaves.
- n. The leaves of this plant, eaten as a vegetable.
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. There is commonly said to be but a single species, S. oleracea; but S. glabra, usually regarded as a variety, is now recognized as distinct, while there are two other wild species. The leaves of S. oleracea are sagittate, undivided, and prickly; those of S. glabra are larger, rounded at the base, and smooth. These are respectively the prickly-leaved and round-leaved spinach, There are several cultivated varieties of each, one of which, with wrinkled leaves like a Savoy cabbage, is the Savoy or lettuce-leaved spinach. All the species are Asiatic; the cultivated plant was first introduced into Europe by the Arabs by way of Spain.
- n. One of several other plants affording a dish like spinach. See phrases below.
- n. A particular edible plant, Spinacia oleracea.
- n. Any of numerous plants which are used for greens in the same way spinach is.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) A common pot herb (Spinacia oleracea) belonging to the Goosefoot family.
- n. southwestern Asian plant widely cultivated for its succulent edible dark green leaves
- n. dark green leaves; eaten cooked or raw in salads
- Via Arabic اسفاناخ (isfānākh), from Persian اسپناخ (ispanākh). (Wiktionary)
- 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)
“When all the spinach is added, cook until still bright green but fully cooked (taste if there's any question).”
“Just cut a stick of feta, cover it in spinach (I thawed whole leaf spinach from my freezer – if you use fresh parboil them so they wilt and press out the water), then roll the feta-spinach roll up in the dough triangle.”
“We looked in on the chickens, fed the koi, walked the perimeter of the deer fence to make sure there were no breaks in it anywhere (it keeps the deer out of the garden, where the spinach is just starting to sprout).”
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“True spinach is (like peas) one of those vegetables which depend on the man-from-Del-Monte moment.”
“Bright green spinach is folded into mildly spiced yogurt.”
“In bad news though, the growing box for the spinach is not as well ventilated – the dirt in it was molding.”
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