- a cultivated plant, Lactuca sativa, occurring in many varieties and having succulent leaves used for salads.
- any species of Lactuca.
- Slang. U.S. dollar bills; greenbacks.
Origin of lettuce
Examples from the Web for lettuce
They worked all summer and picked peaches, lettuce, or avocados.Careful What You Wish For: Here’s What California Would Look Like Without Illegal Immigrants
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Two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions—on a sesame seed bun.Have We Reached ‘Peak Burger’? The Crazy Fetishization of Our Most Basic Comfort Food
July 31, 2014
He was eating the meal on which he would play—steak, peas, lettuce, fruit jello, and tea.Gordie Howe Hockey’s Greatest War Horse
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The sandwich is made with thick tiles of quality bread and adorned with lettuce and tomato.Become a Fried Seafood Believer at South Beach Market
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April 20, 2014
Take your average lunch: turkey sandwich (white bread, lettuce, mayo, cheese), soft drink, and potato chips.These Diet Lessons From Olympians Will Help You Lose Weight and Look Awesome
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February 15, 2014
It should be accompanied by asparagus, green peas, and lettuce.Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches
Take off the outside leaves of a lettuce, blanch and drain them well.The Cook's Decameron: A Study in Taste:
Mrs. W. G. Waters
Cut up the lettuce, and mix it with the lobster and mayonnaise.The Skilful Cook
A small spoonful of sugar may be sprinkled over the lettuce if liked.Desserts and Salads
Cress, Romaine, or bleached chicory may be used in place of lettuce.Sandwiches
Sarah Tyson Heston Rorer
- any of various plants of the genus Lactuca, esp L. sativa, which is cultivated in many varieties for its large edible leaves: family Asteraceae (composites)
- the leaves of any of these varieties, which are eaten in salads
- any of various plants that resemble true lettuce, such as lamb's lettuce and sea lettuce
Word Origin and History for lettuce
late 13c., probably from Old French laitues, plural of laitue "lettuce," from Latin lactuca "lettuce," from lac (genitive lactis) "milk" (see lactation); so called for the milky juice of the plant.