lettuce

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Romaine lettuce (Lactuca sativa var. longifolia)

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English letuse, of uncertain precise origin, probably from the plural form Old French laitues, derived from Latin lactūca (lettuce), from lac (milk), because of the milky fluid in its stalks. Replaced Old English lēahtric.

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  • IPA(key): /ˈlɛtɪs/
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Noun[edit]

lettuce (countable and uncountable, plural lettuces)

  1. An edible plant, Lactuca sativa and its close relatives, having a head of green and/or purple leaves.
  2. (uncountable) The leaves of the lettuce plant, eaten as a vegetable; as a dish often mixed with other ingredients, dressing etc.
    I’ll have a ham sandwich with lettuce and tomato.
  3. (uncountable, US, slang) United States paper currency; dollars.
    Twelve dollars an hour? That's a lot of lettuce!
  4. A strong yellow-green colour, like that of lettuce (also called lettuce green).
    lettuce colour:  


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