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

  • n. A Mediterranean plant (Eruca vesicaria subsp. sativa) having flowers with purple-veined, yellowish-white petals and pungent, edible leaves. Also called rocket2, rocket salad, roquette.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A yellowish-flowered Mediterranean herb of the mustard family; which has flavoured leaves, often eaten in salads. Has a distinct, peppery flavor.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. an erect European annual (Eruca vesicaria sativa) of the mustard family, often grown as a salad crop to be harvested when young and tender.

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

  • n. erect European annual often grown as a salad crop to be harvested when young and tender


Probably Italian dialectal, from Latin ērūca, cabbage.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Probably Italian (dial. Lombardy) arigola. (Eng. usg. 1967) (Wiktionary)



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  • If you are interested in arugula, you really, really, really should read the usage/historical note on the page accidia. Really.

    December 2, 2016

  • Well, not exactly, but you inspired me. On the ground page you said, "Could WeirdNET actually be a grandparent confused by the young generation's new fads?" I just ran with it. ;-)

    August 2, 2008

  • Did I say that?

    Hmm. I'm clever.

    August 2, 2008

  • Rolig, I think chained_bear was close to the mark: WeirdNet is a lascivious old man.

    August 1, 2008

  • Happily, yes.

    August 1, 2008

  • Are your crusing days over?

    August 1, 2008

  • Weirdnet's definitions are curiously written: the first is distinctly lascivious ("erect European … to be harvested when young and tender"), the second seems rather disappointed ("lacking a permanent woody … some are pests"). Reminds me of my cruising days.

    August 1, 2008

  • Or simply rocket.

    April 28, 2008

  • Also called roquette

    January 19, 2007