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[awr-uh ch, or-] /ˈɔr ətʃ, ˈɒr-/
any plant of the genus Atriplex, especially A. hortensis, of the amaranth family, cultivated for use like spinach.
Also, orache.
Origin of orach
1350-1400; Middle English orage, arage < Old French arache < Vulgar Latin *atripica, variant of Latin atriplic- (stem of atriplex) ≪ Greek atráphaxys Unabridged
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  • Some of the more unusual varieties have been kohlrabi, peanuts, and orach.
British Dictionary definitions for orach


any of several herbaceous plants or small shrubs of the chenopodiaceous genus Atriplex, esp A. hortensis (garden orache), which is cultivated as a vegetable. They have typically greyish-green lobed leaves and inconspicuous flowers
Word Origin
C15: from Old French arache, from Latin atriplex, from Greek atraphaxus, of obscure origin
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