- a shrub, Abelmoschus esculentus, of the mallow family, bearing beaked pods.
- the pods, used in soups, stews, etc.
- a dish made with the pods.
Origin of okra
First recorded in 1670–80; said to be of West African origin, though precise source unknown; compare Igbo ókùrù okra
Also called gumbo.
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Examples from the Web for okra
We played there endlessly, and Mama planted a garden of greens, okra and peppers.My Vanished Liberia
October 7, 2011
A West African native, okra is one of the stranger vegetables to make its way into regional American cuisine.
But okra is not just a vegetable of West Africa and North America.
This is especially true of string beans, okra, and asparagus.The Vegetable Garden
Corn may be used in place of okra if the latter is disliked.Home Pork Making
A. W. Fulton
Becky's fate was hanging in the balance, and his mother talked of okra!The Trumpeter Swan
The okra flourishes finely, and gives a flavor to the soup, when we succeed in getting a shin-bone.A Rebel War Clerk's Diary at the Confederate States Capital
John Beauchamp Jones
OKRA is a fruit vegetable consisting of a green pod that is several inches long, pointed at one end, and filled with seeds.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 2
Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
- Also called: ladies' fingers an annual malvaceous plant, Hibiscus esculentus, of the Old World tropics, with yellow-and-red flowers and edible oblong sticky green pods
- the pod of this plant, eaten in soups, stews, etcSee also gumbo (def. 1)
C18: of W African origin
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Word Origin and History for okra
1670s, from a West African language (cf. Akan nkruma "okra").
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper