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lentil

[len-til, -tl] /ˈlɛn tɪl, -tl/
noun
1.
a plant, Lens culinaris, of the legume family, having flattened, biconvex seeds used as food.
2.
the seed itself.
Origin
1200-1250
1200-50; Middle English < Old French lentille < Vulgar Latin *lentīcula for Latin lenticula. See lenticle
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  • 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.
  • Use lentil or sunflower sprouts, which have a peppery flavor, in this well-textured salad.
  • Evidence for environmental induction of the slashed-pod trait in lentil.
  • Application of biotechnology in breeding lentil for resistance to biotic and abiotic stress.
British Dictionary definitions for lentil

lentil

/ˈlɛntɪl/
noun
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
Word Origin
C13: from Old French lentille, from Latin lenticula, diminutive of lēns lentil
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Word Origin and History for lentil
n.

mid-13c., from Old French lentille "lentil," also "freckle," from Latin lenticula, diminutive of Latin lens (genitive lentis) "lentil," cognate with Greek lathyros, German linse, Old Church Slavonic lęšta.

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