[ oh-kruh ]
/ ˈoʊ krə /


a shrub, Abelmoschus esculentus, of the mallow family, bearing beaked pods.
the pods, used in soups, stews, etc.
a dish made with the pods.

Nearby words

  1. oklahoman,
  2. okle-dokle,
  3. okmulgee,
  4. okoume,
  5. okovango,
  6. okri,
  7. okt cell,
  8. okta,
  9. oktoberfest,
  10. okuninushi

Origin of okra

First recorded in 1670–80; said to be of West African origin, though precise source unknown; compare Igbo ókùrù okra

Also called gumbo.

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British Dictionary definitions for okra


/ (ˈəʊkrə) /


Also called: ladies' fingers an annual malvaceous plant, Hibiscus esculentus, of the Old World tropics, with yellow-and-red flowers and edible oblong sticky green pods
the pod of this plant, eaten in soups, stews, etcSee also gumbo (def. 1)

Word Origin for okra

C18: of W African origin

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Word Origin and History for okra



1670s, from a West African language (cf. Akan nkruma "okra").

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