Definition of lentil in English:


Line breaks: len¦til
Pronunciation: /ˈlɛnt(ə)l


1A high-protein pulse which is dried and then soaked and cooked prior to eating.
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  • It was on a very savoury bed of lentils which had been cooked with bacon and winter vegetables.
  • You sat on wooden benches and ate lentils and brown rice from wooden bowls.
  • When the lentils are cooked, drain them well and add to the tomato sauce.
2The plant which yields lentils, native to the Mediterranean and Africa and grown also for fodder.
  • Lens culinaris, family Leguminosae
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  • Settlements began to encourage the growth of plants such as barley and lentils and the domestication of pigs, sheep and goats.
  • Analysis of pollens found in excavations suggest that the earliest vegetal species to be cultivated were pulses - wild peas, lentils, and chick peas.


Middle English: from Old French lentille, from Latin lenticula, diminutive of lens, lent- 'lentil'.

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