or or·ache

[ awr-uh ch, or- ]
/ ˈɔr ətʃ, ˈɒr- /


any plant of the genus Atriplex, especially A. hortensis, of the amaranth family, cultivated for use like spinach.

Nearby words

  1. or whatever,
  2. ora,
  3. ora et labora,
  4. ora pro nobis,
  5. orac,
  6. orache,
  7. oracle,
  8. oracle bones,
  9. oracles,
  10. oracular

Origin of orach

1350–1400; Middle English orage, arage < Old French arache < Vulgar Latin *atripica, variant of Latin atriplic- (stem of atriplex) ≪ Greek atráphaxys

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esp US orach

/ (ˈɒrɪtʃ) /


any of several herbaceous plants or small shrubs of the chenopodiaceous genus Atriplex, esp A. hortensis (garden orache), which is cultivated as a vegetable. They have typically greyish-green lobed leaves and inconspicuous flowers

Word Origin for orache

C15: from Old French arache, from Latin atriplex, from Greek atraphaxus, of obscure origin

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