Etymology
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okra (n.)

vegetable cultivated in the East and West Indies and southern U.S., 1670s, from a West African language (compare Akan nkruma "okra").

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Definitions of okra

okra (n.)
long green edible beaked pods of the okra plant;
okra (n.)
tall coarse annual of Old World tropics widely cultivated in southern United States and West Indies for its long mucilaginous green pods used as basis for soups and stews; sometimes placed in genus Hibiscus;
Synonyms: gumbo / okra plant / lady's-finger / Abelmoschus esculentus / Hibiscus esculentus
okra (n.)
long mucilaginous green pods; may be simmered or sauteed but used especially in soups and stews;
Synonyms: gumbo
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