Definition of okra in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɒkrə/


[mass noun]
1A plant of the mallow family with long ridged seed pods, native to the Old World tropics.
  • Abelmoschus esculentus, family Malvaceae.
Example sentences
  • The French and black Creoles taught the Cajuns how to grow cotton, sugarcane, and okra; they learned rice and soybean production from Anglo-Americans.
  • Several varieties of tomatoes, okra and peppers, among others, require long growing seasons.
  • It's time to seed those crops that demand warm soil, including okra, Southern peas and Malabar spinach.
1.1The immature seed pods of the okra plant, eaten as a vegetable. Also called bhindi, gumbo, or ladies' fingers.
Example sentences
  • This recipe calls for whole okra to be cooked with onions, tomatoes, garlic and ground coriander and served with grilled aubergine.
  • A key ingredient in gumbo, okra is originally an African vegetable.
  • A side dish of Bendi - okra sautéed with onion, fresh tomatoes, black pepper and garlic - is a little bit similar to the flavour of the eggplant.


Early 18th century: a West African word, perhaps from the root nkru; compare with nkran, the name of the town Europeanized as Accra.

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