a shrub, Abelmoschus esculentus, of the mallow family, bearing beaked pods.
the pods, used in soups, stews, etc.
a dish made with the pods.
Also called gumbo.

1670–80; said to be of West African origin, though precise source unknown; compare Igbo ókùrù okra

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okra (ˈəʊkrə)
1.  Also called: ladies' fingers an annual malvaceous plant, Hibiscus esculentus, of the Old World tropics, with yellow-and-red flowers and edible oblong sticky green pods
2.  See also gumbo the pod of this plant, eaten in soups, stews, etc
[C18: of W African origin]

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1679, from a West African language (cf. Akan nkruma "okra").
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