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[spin-ich] /ˈspɪn ɪtʃ/
a plant, Spinacia oleracea, cultivated for its edible, crinkly or flat leaves.
the leaves.
Origin of spinach
1520-30; < Middle French espinache, espinage < Old Spanish espinaca, alteration of Arabic isfānākh, perhaps < Persian
Related forms
spinachlike, adjective Unabridged
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  • Folic acid is a precursor of folate, a vitamin found in foods such as spinach and oranges.
  • In citrus they have imparted genes from spinach and other plants that are immune to greening disease and citrus canker.
  • For your trouble, we'll send you and your kids some spinach or jalapeño peppers-and maybe even a bottle of nasal spray.
  • The creamed spinach is buttery without being excessively creamy.
  • Or strew shreds of ham over spinach salad with peaches, oranges, or strawberries.
  • He huddled at my feet and winked at me out of his spinach-colored head.
  • Add roughly equal amounts of cooked cabbage or whatever vegetables you have lying around-spinach, peas, or sliced sprouts.
  • We see farm-raised fish for sale, also spinach, apples.
  • They said that the iodine found in the spinach was more than seven times higher.
  • Spoon the spinach and mushroom mixture on the top and sides of the beef and pat down tightly.
British Dictionary definitions for spinach


/ˈspɪnɪdʒ; -ɪtʃ/
a chenopodiaceous annual plant, Spinacia oleracea, cultivated for its dark green edible leaves
the leaves of this plant, eaten as a vegetable
Word Origin
C16: from Old French espinache, from Old Spanish espinaca, from Arabic isfānākh, from Persian
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Word Origin and History for spinach

c.1400, from Anglo-French spinache, Old French espinache (Modern French épinard), from Old Provençal espinarc, which perhaps is via Catalan espinac, from Andalusian Arabic isbinakh, from Arabic isbanakh, from Persian aspanakh "spinach." But OED is not convinced the Middle Eastern words are native, and based on the plethora of Romanic forms pronounces the origin "doubtful." Old folk etymology connected the word with Latin spina (see spine) or with Medieval Latin Hispanicum olus. For pronunciation, see cabbage. In 1930s colloquial American English, it had a sense of "nonsense, rubbish," based on a famous "New Yorker" cartoon of Dec. 8, 1928.

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Slang definitions & phrases for spinach

spill the beans

verb phrase

To tell something inadvertently; blurt out a secret (1919+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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