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.
- An edible plant, Lactuca sativa and its close relatives, having a head of green and/or purple leaves.
- (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.
- (uncountable, US, slang) United States paper currency; dollars.
- Twelve dollars an hour? That's a lot of lettuce!
an edible plant, Lactuca
the leaves of the lettuce plant, eaten as a vegetable or dish
US paper currency
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