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[spin-ich] /ˈspɪn ɪtʃ/
a plant, Spinacia oleracea, cultivated for its edible, crinkly or flat leaves.
the leaves.
Origin of spinach
1520-30; < Middle French espinache, espinage < Old Spanish espinaca, alteration of Arabic isfānākh, perhaps < Persian
Related forms
spinachlike, adjective Unabridged
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  • spinach, onions and parsnips were done in half an hour and potatoes in twenty-five minutes.

    Ethel Morton's Enterprise Mabell S.C. Smith
  • The leaves, when young, can be used as spinach, but the seeds are the most sought after for food.

    The Forest Exiles Mayne Reid
  • Garnish plate with slices of lemon and tomato sprinkled with chopped parsley or with a leaf of parsley or spinach on each.

    The Laurel Health Cookery Evora Bucknum Perkins
  • Heighten the color, if too pale, with spinach coloring, and flavor to taste.

    Choice Cookery Catherine Owen
  • The spinach was very popular and Judy became quite an adept in dishing it out and weighing it.

British Dictionary definitions for spinach


/ˈspɪnɪdʒ; -ɪtʃ/
a chenopodiaceous annual plant, Spinacia oleracea, cultivated for its dark green edible leaves
the leaves of this plant, eaten as a vegetable
Word Origin
C16: from Old French espinache, from Old Spanish espinaca, from Arabic isfānākh, from Persian
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Word Origin and History for spinach

c.1400, from Anglo-French spinache, Old French espinache (Modern French épinard), from Old Provençal espinarc, which perhaps is via Catalan espinac, from Andalusian Arabic isbinakh, from Arabic isbanakh, from Persian aspanakh "spinach." But OED is not convinced the Middle Eastern words are native, and based on the plethora of Romanic forms pronounces the origin "doubtful." Old folk etymology connected the word with Latin spina (see spine) or with Medieval Latin Hispanicum olus. For pronunciation, see cabbage. In 1930s colloquial American English, it had a sense of "nonsense, rubbish," based on a famous "New Yorker" cartoon of Dec. 8, 1928.

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Slang definitions & phrases for spinach



  1. Nonsense; worthless matter; junk: You could put up with this spinach (1929+)
  2. Money; cabbage
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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