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quinoa

[keen-wah, kee-noh-uh] /ˈkin wɑ, kiˈnoʊ ə/
noun
1.
a tall crop plant, Chenopodium quinoa, of the amaranth family, cultivated mainly in Peru, Bolivia, and Chile for its small, ivory-colored seed, which is used as a food staple.
Also, quinua.
Origin of quinoa
1615-1625
1615-25; < Spanish < Quechua kinua, kinoa
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quinoa

/ˈkiːnəʊə; kwɪˈnəʊə/
noun
1.
a grain high in nutrients traditionally grown as a staple food high in the Andes
Word Origin
Spanish
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n.

1620s, from Spanish spelling of Quechua kinua.

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