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[roh-meyn, ruh-] /roʊˈmeɪn, rə-/
Also called romaine lettuce, cos, cos lettuce. a variety of lettuce, Lactuca sativa longifolia, having a cylindrical head of long, relatively loose leaves.
Origin of romaine
1905-10; < French, feminine of romain Roman Unabridged
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  • "Yes, but don't kick that way," said romaine Smith, choking and sneezing.

    Eyebright Susan Coolidge
  • "I wish there really was a mill like that; I know what I would grind," said romaine.

    Eyebright Susan Coolidge
  • Mrs. romaine's pulses beat faster: the hot color began to steal into her cheeks.

    Brooke's Daughter Adeline Sergeant
  • Cress, romaine, or bleached chicory may be used in place of lettuce.

    Sandwiches Sarah Tyson Heston Rorer
  • Mrs. romaine had two brothers, both some years younger than herself.

    Brooke's Daughter Adeline Sergeant
  • The old struggles of Alsace and romaine come back to memory.

    ZigZag Journeys in Northern Lands; Hezekiah Butterworth
  • But he was silent until dessert was placed upon the table, and Mrs. romaine's neat parlor-maid had disappeared.

    Brooke's Daughter Adeline Sergeant
  • As she had determined, from that moment she devoted herself to romaine.

  • romaine, whose learning and abilities none can doubt, was fifty years old before he was beneficed.

    The English Church in the Eighteenth Century Charles J. Abbey and John H. Overton
  • All that we can do is to mind Loyd's commands, in regard to romaine, to the letter.

British Dictionary definitions for romaine


the usual US and Canadian name for cos1
Word Origin
C20: from French, from romain Roman
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for romaine

type of lettuce, 1876, from French romaine (in laitue romaine, literally "Roman lettuce"), from fem. of Old French romain "Roman," from Latin Romanus (see Roman). Perhaps so called because of the lettuce's introduction into France (by Bureau de la Rivière, chamberlain of Charles V and VI) at the time of the Avignon papacy (1309-77).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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