- a Mediterranean plant, Eruca vesicaria sativa, of the mustard family, having pungent leaves used in salads.
Origin of arugula
Examples from the Web for arugula
At the checkout, her total for bananas, arugula, blackberries, kale, yogurt, rice noodles, and tofu comes to $34.21.The Gluten-Free Diet Has Two Faces
May 6, 2014
Serve the burgers in toasted pita bread with lots of arugula, thinly sliced red onions, and roasted red peppers.
Serve in warm pita bread with arugula, roasted red pepper, sliced red onion, and the following salsa.
Toss together the radicchio, arugula, apple and pumpkin seeds in a medium bowl.Divine Apple Dishes
January 6, 2011
With the heartland hungry for a different kind of change, Pence is the conservative antidote to arugula.Sarah Palin's Newest Rival
October 27, 2010
- another name for rocket 2 (def. 2)
Word Origin and History for arugula
edible cruciform plant (Eruca sativa) used originally in the Mediterranean region as a salad; the American English and Australian form of the name is (via Italian immigrants) from dialectal variant of Italian ruchetta, a diminutive form of ruca-, from Latin eruca, a name of some cabbage-like plant, from PIE *gher(s)-uka-, from root *ghers- "to bristle" (see horror).
In England, the usual name is rocket (see rocket (n.1)), which is from Italian ruchetta via French roquette. It also sometimes is called hedge mustard.