arugula

[ uh-roo-guh-luh ]
/ əˈru gə lə /

noun

a Mediterranean plant, Eruca vesicaria sativa, of the mustard family, having pungent leaves used in salads.

Origin of arugula

1965–70; apparently < an Upper Italian dial. form, akin to Lombard arigola, Venetian rucola < Latin ērūca name for Eruca sativa (compare Italian ruca), with diminutive suffix -ola < Latin -ula -ule; cf. rocket2
Also called rocket, roquette.
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arugula

/ (əˈruːɡjʊlə) /

noun

another name for rocket 2 (def. 2)

Word Origin for arugula

C20: from N Italian dialect
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