One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A plant of the mallow family with long ridged seedpods, native to the Old World tropics.
Abelmoschus esculentus, family Malvaceae
- ‘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.’
- ‘It's time to seed those crops that demand warm soil, including okra, Southern peas and Malabar spinach.’
- ‘April is a great time to plant peppers, cucumbers, eggplants, squash and heat-loving okra.’
- ‘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.’
- 1.1 The immature seedpods of the okra plant eaten as a vegetable and also used to thicken soups and stews.Also called gumbo
- ‘She was slumped on the table and was building a wall with her mashed potatoes so that her muffin wouldn't touch the okra.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘A key ingredient in gumbo, okra is originally an African vegetable.’
- ‘Three to four plants produce more than enough okra for the average family.’
- ‘This recipe calls for whole okra to be cooked with onions, tomatoes, garlic and ground coriander and served with grilled aubergine.’
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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