spinach

[ spin-ich ]
/ ˈspɪn ɪtʃ /

noun

a plant, Spinacia oleracea, cultivated for its edible, crinkly or flat leaves.
the leaves.

Origin of spinach

1520–30; < Middle French espinache, espinage < Old Spanish espinaca, alteration of Arabic isfānākh, perhaps < Persian

Related forms

spin·ach·like, adjective
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spinach

/ (ˈspɪnɪdʒ, -ɪtʃ) /

noun

a chenopodiaceous annual plant, Spinacia oleracea, cultivated for its dark green edible leaves
the leaves of this plant, eaten as a vegetable

Word Origin for spinach

C16: from Old French espinache, from Old Spanish espinaca, from Arabic isfānākh, from Persian
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