- a plant, Lens culinaris, of the legume family, having flattened, biconvex seeds used as food.
- the seed itself.
Origin of lentil
Examples from the Web for lentil
Tonight's dinner--lentil soup with ham--went in the slow cooker before work this morning.Friday Forum: How often do you cook?
January 11, 2013
We have a rotating list of soups that we serve at François Payard Bakery, but my current favorite is the lentil.Fresh Picks by François Payard
March 3, 2011
If you can find it, opt for a soup with a legume base like lentil or black bean.9 Unhealthiest Takeout Foods
October 24, 2010
Depending upon how much lamb is included, the stew can be lentil with lamb or lamb with lentils.What to Eat: One-Pot Meals for a Busy Holiday Season
December 15, 2009
Lentil and Feta Cheese Salad by Nava Atlas and Fran Bigelow A few bites to transport you to the Mediterranean.What to Eat
July 14, 2009
Next in usefulness to the haricot bean comes the German lentil.New Vegetarian Dishes
It spontaneously retracted into the lentil, like the horns of a snail.New observations on the natural history of bees
When they had lentil soup, how steaming and delicious it was!Carl and the Cotton Gin
Sara Ware Bassett
Split peas, or "dal," as they are called in India, belong to the lentil family.The Khaki Kook Book
Mary Kennedy Core
Theresa, who had gone to bed, sent her a plate of lentil soup.The Goose Man
- 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 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.