lentil

[len-til, -tl]
noun
1.
a plant, Lens culinaris, of the legume family, having flattened, biconvex seeds used as food.
2.
the seed itself.

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

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lentil (ˈlɛntɪl)
 
n
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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lentil
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
  soup.
We make lentil size pellets out of them and then they are used to make other
  products.
Fun items on offer include fried lentil donuts and crispy vegetable samosas.
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