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[oh-kruh] /ˈoʊ krə/
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 Unabridged
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Examples for okra
  • He would bring us tomatoes, and greens and okra and cabbage from that little farm he had right there on eighth avenue.
  • And she creates sushi with local ingredients such as smoked duck and pickled okra.
  • Again the usual line-up of seasonings okra the thickener.
  • Southern-style sides include hush puppies, fried okra and green beans.
  • The barbecue joint features smoked pork, ribs and chicken, as well as such side dishes as fried okra and baked beans.
  • True to the restaurant's name, table centerpieces feature jars half-filled with corn feed and a long piece of dried okra.
  • For me it's a tie between pickled okra and kosher dills.
  • His raita, a garlic-infused yogurt condiment, comes with a sprinkling of crunchy fried okra on top.
  • okra is listed on the proposed label as a member of the fruiting vegetables.
British Dictionary definitions for okra


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
the pod of this plant, eaten in soups, stews, etc See also gumbo (sense 1)
Word Origin
C18: of W African origin
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Word Origin and History for okra
1679, from a West African language (cf. Akan nkruma "okra").
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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