Definition of lentil in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈlent(ə)l/


1A high-protein pulse that is dried and then soaked and cooked before eating. There are several varieties of lentils, including green ones and smaller orange ones, which are typically sold split.
Example sentences
  • 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 that yields lentils, native to the Mediterranean and Africa and grown also for fodder.
  • Lens culinaris, family Leguminosae.
Example sentences
  • 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'.

Words that rhyme with lentil

dentil, ventil

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Syllabification: len·til

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