- a plant, Spinacia oleracea, cultivated for its edible, crinkly or flat leaves.
- the leaves.
Origin of spinach
Examples from the Web for spinach
I should also think about having a protein shake with kale and spinach for breakfast every morning.Can Daniel Amen Read Your Mind?
December 14, 2012
Every frozen or fresh package of spinach can contain up to 50 aphids, mites, or thrips before the FDA labels it contaminated.Forget the Starbucks Backlash—We Should Be Eating More Bugs
April 24, 2012
The mandate is the spinach we have to eat to get the dessert that is fairly priced insurance coverage.Why the Individual Mandate Is Effective and Efficient
Dr. Jonathan Gruber
March 27, 2012
At dinner, she instructed the waiter to augment the french fries her husband had ordered with a side of spinach.On Being the Other Woman in an Affair
February 14, 2012
We sat on small brown cushions on the floor and tucked into spinach stew, grilled chicken, and spicy elbow macaroni.America's Islamist Allies in Libya
April 9, 2011
Boiled and seasoned as spinach it makes equally good greens.Her Father's Daughter
Boil the spinach as above, and drain and press it, but do not chop it.Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches
Boil some carrots, cauliflower, spinach, and celery (all cut up) in water.The Cook's Decameron: A Study in Taste:
Mrs. W. G. Waters
Observe that if you leave water in it, the spinach cannot ever be good.The Lady's Own Cookery Book, and New Dinner-Table Directory;
Charlotte Campbell Bury
The young tops when cooked are hard to distinguish from spinach.The Hawaiian Islands
The Department of Foreign Affairs
- a chenopodiaceous annual plant, Spinacia oleracea, cultivated for its dark green edible leaves
- the leaves of this plant, eaten as a vegetable
Word Origin and History for spinach
c.1400, from Anglo-French spinache, Old French espinache (Modern French épinard), from Old Provençal espinarc, which perhaps is via Catalan espinac, from Andalusian Arabic isbinakh, from Arabic isbanakh, from Persian aspanakh "spinach." But OED is not convinced the Middle Eastern words are native, and based on the plethora of Romanic forms pronounces the origin "doubtful." Old folk etymology connected the word with Latin spina (see spine) or with Medieval Latin Hispanicum olus. For pronunciation, see cabbage. In 1930s colloquial American English, it had a sense of "nonsense, rubbish," based on a famous "New Yorker" cartoon of Dec. 8, 1928.