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Romaine lettuce (Lactuca sativa var. longifolia)

EtymologyEdit

From Middle English letuse, of uncertain precise origin; related to Old French laitue, from Latin lactūca (lettuce), from lac (milk), because of the milky fluid in its stalks. Replaced Old English lēahtric.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈlɛtɪs/
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NounEdit

lettuce (countable and uncountable, plural lettuces)

  1. An edible plant, Lactuca sativa and its close relatives, having a head of green and/or purple leaves.
  2. (uncountable) The leaves of the lettuce plant, eaten as a vegetable; as a dish often mixed with other ingredients, dressing etc.
    I’ll have a ham sandwich with lettuce and tomato.
  3. (uncountable, US, slang) United States paper currency; dollars.
    Twelve dollars an hour? That's a lot of lettuce!

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