Definition of okra in English:


Syllabification: o·kra
Pronunciation: /ˈōkrə


  • 1A plant of the mallow family with long ridged seedpods, native to the Old World tropics.
    • Abelmoschus esculentus, family Malvaceae
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    • 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 seedpods of the okra plant eaten as a vegetable and also used to thicken soups and stews. Also called gumbo.
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    • 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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