okra plant

tall coarse annual of Old World tropics widely cultivated in southern United States and West Indies for its long mucilaginous green pods used as basis for soups and stews; sometimes placed in genus Hibiscus
Hypernyms: ↑herb, ↑herbaceous plant
Member Holonyms: ↑Abelmoschus, ↑genus Abelmoschus
Part Meronyms: ↑gumbo, ↑okra

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • Okra — Abelmoschus esculentus Okra flower bud and immature seed pod Scientific classification Kingdom …   Wikipedia

  • okra — [ ɒkrə, əʊkrə] noun a plant of the mallow family with long ridged seed pods, native to the Old World tropics. [Abelmoschus esculentus.] ↘the immature seed pods of the okra plant, eaten as a vegetable. Origin C18: a W. Afr. word …   English new terms dictionary

  • Okra — O kra, n. 1. (Bot.) An annual plant ({Abelmoschus esculentus} syn. {Hibiscus esculentus}), whose green pods, abounding in nutritious mucilage, are much used for soups, stews, or pickles; gumbo. [Written also {ocra} and {ochra}.] [1913 Webster] 2 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • okra — ► NOUN ▪ the long ridged seed pods of a tropical plant of the mallow family, eaten as a vegetable. ORIGIN a West African word …   English terms dictionary

  • okra — [ō′krə] n. [< WAfr name] 1. a tall annual plant (Abelmoschus esculentus) of the mallow family, grown for its slender, ribbed, sticky, green pods 2. the pods, used as a cooked vegetable and in soups, stews, etc. 3. GUMBO (sense 2) …   English World dictionary

  • okra — /oh kreuh/, n. 1. a shrub, Abelmoschus esculentus, of the mallow family, bearing beaked pods. 2. the pods, used in soups, stews, etc. 3. a dish made with the pods. Also called gumbo. [1670 80; said to be of West African origin, though precise… …   Universalium

  • okra — əʊkrÉ™ n. pod shaped green vegetable used in soups and stew; type of plant that bears the okra pod; dish prepared with okra, gumbo …   English contemporary dictionary

  • okra — /ˈɒkrə / (say okruh), /ˈoʊk / (say ohk ) noun 1. a tall plant of the mallow family, Abelmoschus esculentus, cultivated for its edible mucilaginous pods, used in soups, etc. 2. the pods collectively, eaten as a vegetable: *A traditional table was… …   Australian English dictionary

  • okra — noun Etymology: of African origin; akin to Ibo ókùrù okra Date: 1679 1. a tall annual herb (Abelmoschus esculentus) of the mallow family that is cultivated for its mucilaginous green pods used especially in soups or stews; also the pods of this… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • okra — noun the annual plant, Hibiscus esculentus, of Ethiopian origin, grown for its edible pods. Syn: gumbo, ladies fingers …   Wiktionary

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