quinoa

[ keen-wah, kee-noh-uh ]
/ ˈkin wɑ, kiˈnoʊ ə /

noun

a tall crop plant, Chenopodium quinoa, of the amaranth family, cultivated mainly in Peru, Bolivia, and Chile for its small, ivory-colored seed, which is used as a food staple.

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Also qui·nua [keen-wah] /ˈkin wɑ/ .

Origin of quinoa

1615–25; <Spanish <Quechua kinua, kinoa
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quinoa
/ (ˈkiːnəʊə, kwɪˈnəʊə) /

noun

a grain high in nutrients traditionally grown as a staple food high in the Andes

Word Origin for quinoa

Spanish
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