3. [syn: lentil, lentil plant, Lens culinaris]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Lentil \Len"til\ (l[e^]n"t[i^]l), n. [F. lentille, fr. L.
lenticula, dim. of lens, lentis, lentil. Cf. Lens.] (Bot.)
A leguminous plant of the genus Ervum (Ervum Lens), of
small size, common in the fields in Europe. Also, its seed,
which is used for food on the continent.
Note: The lentil of the Scriptures probably included several
other vetchlike plants.
Lentil shell (Zool.), a small bivalve shell of the genus
Ervillia, family Tellinid[ae].
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: round flat seed of the lentil plant used for food
2: the fruit or seed of a lentil plant
3: widely cultivated Eurasian annual herb grown for its edible
flattened seeds that are cooked like peas and also ground
into meal and for its leafy stalks that are used as fodder
[syn: lentil, lentil plant, Lens culinaris]