Definition of orache in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈôrəCH/
Pronunciation: /ˈärəCH/
(also orach)


A plant of the goosefoot family with leaves that are sometimes covered in a white mealy substance. Several kinds are edible and can be used as a substitute for spinach or sorrel.
  • Genus Atriplex, family Chenopodiaceae: several species, in particular the common orache (A. hortensis), which is cultivated in some areas.
Example sentences
  • Spinach was a better green vegetable than the goosefoots, sorrels, orach, and similar plants which were widely used in medieval Europe, and gradually usurped their place.
  • The plant can also be called mountain spinach, or orach.
  • To the side I heaped up a pile of purple orach, and of course we set out piles of business cards and brochures along with an open photo album.


Middle English orage, from Anglo-Norman French arasche, from Latin atriplex, from Greek atraphaxus.

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Syllabification: or·ache

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