[oh-kruh] /ˈoʊ krə/

a shrub, Abelmoschus esculentus, of the mallow family, bearing beaked pods.
the pods, used in soups, stews, etc.
a dish made with the pods.
Also called ladies’ fingers. an annual malvaceous plant, Hibiscus esculentus, of the Old World tropics, with yellow-and-red flowers and edible oblong sticky green pods
the pod of this plant, eaten in soups, stews, etc See also gumbo (sense 1)

1670s, from a West African language (cf. Akan nkruma “okra”).


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