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quinoa Line breaks: qui¦noa
Pronunciation: /ˈkiːnwɑː/

Definition of quinoa in English:


[mass noun]
1A plant of the goosefoot family found in the Andes, where it was widely cultivated for its edible starchy seeds prior to the introduction of Old World grains.
  • Chenopodium quinoa, family Chenopodiaceae
Example sentences
  • In August, he will plant beans, in October carrots and onions, in November barley and quinoa.
1.1The grain-like seeds of the quinoa, used as food and in the production of alcoholic drinks.
Example sentences
  • Now that it's cooler, she's eating foods like quinoa instead of cantaloupe.
  • Increase whole grains such as millet, buckwheat, quinoa, oats, rye and barley.
  • To get more fiber, she suggests eating five to nine daily servings of fruit and vegetables and one to four daily servings of whole grains like amaranth, barley, brown rice, millet, oats, quinoa, and whole wheat.


Early 17th century: Spanish spelling of Quechua kinua, kinoa.

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