A pile of fresh okra.
okra definition by Webster's New World
Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
- a tall annual plant (Abelmoschus esculentus) of the mallow family, grown for its slender, ribbed, sticky, green pods
- the pods, used as a cooked vegetable and in soups, stews, etc.
- gumbo (sense )
Origin: ; from West African name
okra definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. A tall tropical Asian annual plant (Abelmoschus esculentus) widely cultivated in warm regions for its edible, mucilaginous green pods.b. The edible pods of this plant, used in soups and as a vegetable. Also called regionally gumbo.
- See gumbo.
Origin: Of West African origin; akin to Akan (Twi) nkruma.