A pile of fresh okra.
- 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 of okra; from West African name
- a. A tall tropical African annual plant (Abelmoschus esculentus) in the mallow family, widely cultivated in warm regions for its edible, mucilaginous green pods.b. The edible pods of this plant, used in soups and stews and as a vegetable. Also called regionally gumbo.
- See Gumbo .
Origin of okraOf West African origin; akin to Akan (Twi) nkruma.
(countable and uncountable, plural okras)
Probably from Igbo á»ká»¥rá»¥.