[awr-uh ch, or-]
- any plant of the genus Atriplex, especially A. hortensis, of the amaranth family, cultivated for use like spinach.
Origin of orach
1350–1400; Middle English orage, arage < Old French arache < Vulgar Latin *atripica, variant of Latin atriplic- (stem of atriplex) ≪ Greek atráphaxys
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Examples from the Web for orache
Orach, Orache, or′ach, n. one of several European plants used as spinach.
It feeds in the autumn on the flowers and seeds of various kinds of goosefoot (Chenopodium), also on Orache (Atriplex).The Moths of the British Isles, Second Series
Orache is frequently used as a substitute for Spinach where the ordinary variety fails.
esp US orach
- any of several herbaceous plants or small shrubs of the chenopodiaceous genus Atriplex, esp A. hortensis (garden orache), which is cultivated as a vegetable. They have typically greyish-green lobed leaves and inconspicuous flowers
C15: from Old French arache, from Latin atriplex, from Greek atraphaxus, of obscure origin
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