[roh-meyn, ruh-]
Also called romaine lettuce, cos, cos lettuce. a variety of lettuce, Lactuca sativa longifolia, having a cylindrical head of long, relatively loose leaves.

1905–10; < French, feminine of romain Roman Unabridged
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romaine (rəʊˈmeɪn)
the usual US and Canadian name for cos
[C20: from French, from romain Roman]

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Word Origin & History

1907, from Fr. romaine (in laitue romaine, lit. "Roman lettuce"), from fem. of O.Fr. romain "Roman," from L. Romanus "Roman." Perhaps so called because of the lettuce's introduction into France (by Bureau de la Rivière, chamberlain of Charles V and VI) at the time of the Avignon papacy (1309-77).
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Example sentences
Discard the tough outer leaves and trim the tough ends of the head of romaine.
At peak bloom now, it has foliage that reminds me of fat little romaine lettuce leaves.
Varieties grown include head lettuce, leaf lettuce, and romaine.
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