[len-til, -tl]
a plant, Lens culinaris, of the legume family, having flattened, biconvex seeds used as food.
the seed itself.

1200–50; Middle English < Old French lentille < Vulgar Latin *lentīcula for Latin lenticula. See lenticle

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lentil (ˈlɛntɪl)
1.  a small annual leguminous plant, Lens culinaris, of the Mediterranean region and W Asia, having edible brownish convex seeds
2.  any of the seeds of this plant, which are cooked and eaten as a vegetable, in soups, etc
[C13: from Old French lentille, from Latin lenticula, diminutive of lēns lentil]

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Word Origin & History

mid-13c., from O.Fr. lentille, from V.L. *lenticula, dim. of L. lens (gen. lentis) "lentil," cognate with Gk. lathyros, O.C.S. lesta.
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Example sentences
Most had scattered some cotton or lentil seed after the rain.
As soon as he landed, he hightailed it over and decided he should make a lentil
We make lentil size pellets out of them and then they are used to make other
Fun items on offer include fried lentil donuts and crispy vegetable samosas.
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