One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A plant of the mallow family with long ridged seed pods, native to the Old World tropics.
Abelmoschus esculentus, family Malvaceae
- ‘Several varieties of tomatoes, okra and peppers, among others, require long growing seasons.’
- ‘The French and black Creoles taught the Cajuns how to grow cotton, sugarcane, and okra; they learned rice and soybean production from Anglo-Americans.’
- ‘It's time to seed those crops that demand warm soil, including okra, Southern peas and Malabar spinach.’
- ‘March begins the hectic planting of warm-season crops like beans, corn, cucumbers and melons, but wait until April to sow hot-weather crops like okra and southern peas.’
- ‘April is a great time to plant peppers, cucumbers, eggplants, squash and heat-loving okra.’
- 1.1 The immature seed pods of the okra plant, eaten as a vegetable.
- ‘She was slumped on the table and was building a wall with her mashed potatoes so that her muffin wouldn't touch the okra.’
- ‘This recipe calls for whole okra to be cooked with onions, tomatoes, garlic and ground coriander and served with grilled aubergine.’
- ‘Three to four plants produce more than enough okra for the average family.’
- ‘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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