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Lettuce Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    lettuce n
  1. informal terms for money [syn: boodle, bread, cabbage, clams, dinero, dough, gelt, kale, lolly, lucre, loot, moolah, pelf, scratch, shekels, simoleons, sugar, wampum]
  2. any of various plants of the genus Lactuca
  3. leaves of any of various plants of Lactuca sativa
Lettuce Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Lettuce \Let"tuce\ (l[e^]t"t[i^]s), n. [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.] (Bot.) 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 under Hare, and Lamb. Lettuce opium. See Lactucarium. Sea lettuce, certain papery green seaweeds of the genus Ulva.

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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Lettuce'

Lettuce is a vegetable that is very healthy to eat. Both the stems and the leaves can be eaten.

Lettuce can be grown in many parts of the world, including Europe, Asia, and North America, in temperate climates. It will turn more bitter tasting in hot weather. You can grow lettuce during winter in a greenhouse.

In some countries, it is often eaten cold and raw, in salads, hamburgers, tacos, and many other dishes. In some places, including China, lettuce is eaten cooked. Lettuce contains very little energy or nutrients.

Most lettuce leaves are green, but some are red. Most lettuce leaves taste bitter. Some kind of lettuce grow in a head shape like cabbage, while the leaves of some kinds grow more loosely.

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