lentil

[ len-til, -tl ]
/ ˈlɛn tɪl, -tl /

noun

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

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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

lentil
/ (ˈlɛntɪl) /

noun

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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