a plant, Spinacia oleracea, cultivated for its edible, crinkly or flat leaves.
the leaves.

1520–30; < Middle French espinache, espinage < Old Spanish espinaca, alteration of Arabic isfānākh, perhaps < Persian

spinachlike, adjective
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spinach (ˈspɪnɪdʒ, -ɪtʃ)
1.  a chenopodiaceous annual plant, Spinacia oleracea, cultivated for its dark green edible leaves
2.  the leaves of this plant, eaten as a vegetable
[C16: from Old French espinache, from Old Spanish espinaca, from Arabic isfānākh, from Persian]

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Word Origin & History

1530, from M.Fr. espinache (Fr. épinard), from O.Prov. espinarc, which perhaps is via Catalan espinac, from Andalusian Arabic isbinakh, from Arabic isbanakh, from Pers. 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 L. spina (see spine) or with M.L. Hispanicum olus. For pronunciation, see cabbage. In 1930s Amer.Eng. colloq. it had a sense of "nonsense, rubbish," based on a famous "New Yorker" cartoon of Dec. 8, 1928.
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