from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various plants of the genus Lactuca, especially L. sativa, cultivated for their edible leaves.
  • n. The leaves of L. sativa, used especially in salads.
  • n. Slang Paper money.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An edible plant, Lactuca sativa and its close relatives, having a head of green and/or purple leaves.
  • n. The leaves of the lettuce plant, eaten as a vegetable; as a dish often mixed with other ingredients, dressing etc.
  • n. : Folding money, also called cabbage, due to the green color of both US currency and the vegetables.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A composite plant of the genus Lactuca (Lactuca 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 Lactuca Canadensis.
  • n. United States currency; dollar bills; greenbacks.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A garden-herb, Lactuca sativa, a hardy annual, extensively cultivated for use as a salad.
  • n. Any plant of the genus Lactuca; also, a plant having some resemblance to Lactuca.
  • n. In America, Lactuca Canadensis. Also called trumpetweed and trumpet-milkweed.
  • n. Sometimes the same as blue lettuce.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. informal terms for money
  • n. leaves of any of various plants of Lactuca sativa
  • n. any of various plants of the genus Lactuca


Middle English lettuse, from Old French laitues, pl. of laitue, from Latin lactūca, from lac, lact-, milk (from its milky juice); see melg- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English letuse, of uncertain precise origin; related to Old French laitue, from Latin lactūca ("lettuce"), from lac ("milk"). (Wiktionary)



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  • The country vegetables scorn
    To lie about in shops,
    They stand upright as they were born
    In neatly-patterned crops;

    And when you want your dinner you
    Don't buy it from a shelf,
    You find a lettuce fresh with dew
    And pull it for yourself ...

    - Eleanor Farjeon, 'Vegetables'.

    November 12, 2008

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