Definitions

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

  • n. A goosefoot (Chenopodium quinoa) native to the Andes and cultivated for its edible seeds.
  • n. The high-protein dried fruits and seeds of this plant, used as a food staple and ground into flour.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A goosefoot, Chenopodium quinoa, native to the Andes and cultivated for its edible seeds.
  • n. The high-protein dried fruits and seeds of this plant, used as a food staple and ground into flour.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The seeds of a kind of goosewort (Chenopodium Quinoa), used in Chili and Peru for making porridge or cakes; also, food thus made.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An annual herb, Chenopodium Quinoa, native in Peru, Chili, etc., and there much cultivated for its farinaceous seeds.

Etymologies

American Spanish quínoa, from Quechua kinua, kinoa.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Spanish quinua, from Quechua kinwa. (Wiktionary)

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  • see chenopod!

    December 5, 2012

  • It beets me but it is related to beets. Spinach is also.

    December 5, 2012

  • Wasn't someone asking about this recently? (Obviously on another page, if so.)

    November 4, 2008