Definition of Lettuce

1. Noun. Informal terms for money.

Exact synonyms: Boodle, Bread, Cabbage, Clams, Dinero, Dough, Gelt, Kale, Lolly, Loot, Lucre, Moolah, Pelf, Scratch, Shekels, Simoleons, Sugar, Wampum
Generic synonyms: Money
Derivative terms: Cabbage

2. Noun. Any of various plants of the genus Lactuca.

3. Noun. Leaves of any of various plants of Lactuca sativa.

Definition of Lettuce

1. n. A composite plant of the genus Lactuca (L. sativa), the leaves of which are used as salad. Plants of this genus yield a milky juice, from which lactucarium is obtained. The commonest wild lettuce of the United States is L. Canadensis.

Definition of Lettuce

1. Noun. An edible plant, ''Lactuca sativa'' and its close relatives, having a head of green and/or purple leaves. ¹

2. Noun. The leaves of the lettuce plant, eaten as a vegetable; as a dish often mixed with other ingredients, dressing etc. ¹

3. Noun. (uncountable US slang): Folding money, also called cabbage, due to the green color of both US currency and the vegetables. ¹

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Definition of Lettuce

1. an herb cultivated as a salad plant [n -S]

Medical Definition of Lettuce

1. A composite plant of the genus Lactuca (L. Sativa), the leaves of which are used as salad. Plants of this genus yield a milky juice, from which lactucarium is obtained. The commonest wild lettuce of the United States is L. Canadensis. Hare's lettuce, Lamb's lettuce. See Hare, and Lamb. Lettuce opium. See Lactucarium. Sea lettuce, certain papery green seaweeds of the genus Ulva. Origin: OE. Letuce, prob. Through Old French from some Late Latin derivative of L. Lactuca lettuce, which, according to Varro, is fr. Lac, lactis, milk, on account of the milky white juice which flows from it when it is cut: cf. F. Laitue. Cf. Lacteal, Lactucic. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Lettuce

letting down
letting go
letting loose
letting off
letting one's hair down
letting out
lettre de cachet
lettres de cachet
lettuce (current term)
lettuce leaf
lettuce opium

Literary usage of Lettuce

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Botanical Gazette by University of Chicago, JSTOR (Organization) (1896)
"Distribution of prickly lettuce in the United States.—Among the weeds of recent introduction in America the prickly lettuce, ..."

2. Foods and Their Adulteration: Origin, Manufacture, and Composition of Food by Harvey Washington Wiley (1917)
"lettuce.—Among the most valued of the succulent vegetables is the lettuce. ... lettuce is thought to be indigenous to India or Central Asia. ..."

3. The Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture: A Discussion for the Amateur, and by Liberty Hyde Bailey (1915)
"The Boston growers grew head lettuce from the beginning. They were successful in the growing of it and the markets in which they sold demanded head lettuce. ..."

4. The Natural History of Pliny by Pliny, John Bostock, Henry Thomas Riley (1856)
"THE lettuce ; ITS DIFFERENT VARIETIES. The Greeks have distinguished three varieties of the lettuce ;w the first with a stalk so large, that small garden ..."

5. Cyclopedia of American Horticulture: Comprising Suggestions for Cultivation by Liberty Hyde Bailey, Wilhelm Miller (1900)
"The kind of lettuce intended in the above remarks is the heud variety, ... If it is desired to follow with a second crop of lettuce on the same bed, ..."

6. The California Vegetables in Garden and Field: A Manual of Practice, with by Edward James Wickson (1913)
"lettuce is emphatically a perfectly satisfactory garden plant in California. It is unaffected by the ordinary winter temperatures of our valleys and ..."

7. The Chemistry of Common Life by James Finlay Weir Johnston (1859)
"If the stem of the common lettuce, when it is coming into flower, ... The eater of green lettuce as a sallad takes a portion of it in the juice of the ..."

8. Garden Farming by Lee Cleveland Corbett (1913)
"In the vicinity of Charleston, lettuce and cucumbers are used in succession under muslins or muslin-covered frames, but south of that point lettuce growers ..."

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