[len-til, -tl]


a plant, Lens culinaris, of the legume family, having flattened, biconvex seeds used as food.
the seed itself.

Nearby words

  1. lentiform nucleus,
  2. lentiginosis,
  3. lentiginous,
  4. lentiglobus,
  5. lentigo,
  6. lentil cut,
  7. lentisk,
  8. lentissimo,
  9. lentivirus,
  10. lento

Origin of lentil

1200–50; Middle English < Old French lentille < Vulgar Latin *lentīcula for Latin lenticula. See lenticle

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British Dictionary definitions for lentil



a small annual leguminous plant, Lens culinaris, of the Mediterranean region and W Asia, having edible brownish convex seeds
any of the seeds of this plant, which are cooked and eaten as a vegetable, in soups, etc

Word Origin for lentil

C13: from Old French lentille, from Latin lenticula, diminutive of lēns lentil

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Word Origin and History for lentil



mid-13c., from Old French lentille "lentil," also "freckle," from Latin lenticula, diminutive of Latin lens (genitive lentis) "lentil," cognate with Greek lathyros, German linse, Old Church Slavonic lęšta.

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