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a. Any of various plants of the genus Lactuca of the composite family, especially L. sativa, cultivated for its edible leaves.
b. The leaves of L. sativa, used especially in salads.
2. Slang Paper money.

[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.]
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1. (Plants) any of various plants of the genus Lactuca, esp L. sativa, which is cultivated in many varieties for its large edible leaves: family Asteraceae (composites)
2. (Plants) the leaves of any of these varieties, which are eaten in salads
3. (Plants) any of various plants that resemble true lettuce, such as lamb's lettuce and sea lettuce
[C13: probably from Old French laitues, pl of laitue, from Latin lactūca, from lac- milk, because of its milky juice]
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(ˈlɛt ɪs)

1. a cultivated composite plant, Lactuca sativa, occurring in many varieties and having succulent leaves used for salads.
2. the leaves of this plant.
3. any species of Lactuca.
4. Slang. paper money; cash.
[1250–1300; Middle English letuse, appar. < Old French laitues, pl. of laitue < Latin lactūca a lettuce]
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1. 'salad'

A salad is a mixture of cold or uncooked vegetables. You can eat it on its own or with other foods.

For lunch she had a salad of tomato, onion and cucumber.
I made some potato salad for the picnic.
2. 'lettuce'

A salad usually includes the large green leaves of a vegetable called a lettuce /'letɪs/. Don't refer to this vegetable as a 'salad'.

Tear the lettuce into small pieces and mix it with the dressing.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.lettuce - informal terms for moneylettuce - informal terms for money    
money - the most common medium of exchange; functions as legal tender; "we tried to collect the money he owed us"
2.lettuce - any of various plants of the genus Lactucalettuce - any of various plants of the genus Lactuca
genus Lactuca, Lactuca - an herb with milky juice: lettuce; prickly lettuce
common lettuce, garden lettuce, Lactuca sativa - annual or perennial garden plant having succulent leaves used in salads; widely grown
cos lettuce, Lactuca sativa longifolia, romaine lettuce - lettuce with long dark-green spoon-shaped leaves
head lettuce, Lactuca sativa capitata - distinguished by leaves arranged in a dense rosette that develop into a compact ball
Lactuca sativa crispa, leaf lettuce - distinguished by leaves having curled or incised leaves forming a loose rosette that does not develop into a compact head
celtuce, Lactuca sativa asparagina, stem lettuce - lettuce valued especially for its edible stems
herb, herbaceous plant - a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests
3.lettuce - leaves of any of various plants of Lactuca sativalettuce - leaves of any of various plants of Lactuca sativa
salad green, salad greens - greens suitable for eating uncooked as in salads
butterhead lettuce - lettuce with relatively soft leaves in a loose head; easily broken or bruised
crisphead lettuce, iceberg lettuce, iceberg - lettuce with crisp tightly packed light-green leaves in a firm head; "iceberg is still the most popular lettuce"
romaine, romaine lettuce, cos, cos lettuce - lettuce with long dark-green leaves in a loosely packed elongated head
loose-leaf lettuce, leaf lettuce - lettuce with loosely curled leaves that do not form a compact head
common lettuce, garden lettuce, Lactuca sativa - annual or perennial garden plant having succulent leaves used in salads; widely grown
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Slang. Something, such as coins or printed bills, used as a medium of exchange:
Informal: wampum.
Chiefly British: brass.
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hlávkový salátsalát
fejes salátafejessalátasaláta
hlávkový šalát
zelena solata
rau diếp


[ˈletɪs] Nlechuga f
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[ˈlɛtɪs] n
(= salad leaves) → salade f
(= plant) → laitue flet-up [ˈlɛtʌp] n (= respite) → répit m
a let-up in sth → un répit dans qch
There was no sign of a let-up in the fighting → Il n'y avait aucun signe d'un répit dans les combats.
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nKopfsalat m; (genus) → Lattich m
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[ˈlɛtɪs] nlattuga
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(ˈletis) noun
a type of green plant with large leaves used as a salad.
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd.


خَسٌّ hlávkový salát salat Blattsalat μαρούλι lechuga lehtisalaatti laitue salata lattuga レタス 상추 sla salat sałata alface салат-латук sallat ผักกาดที่ใส่ในสลัด marul rau diếp 生菜
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References in classic literature ?
At Notre-Dame it was a tiny cell situated on the roof of the side aisle, beneath the flying buttresses, precisely at the spot where the wife of the present janitor of the towers has made for herself a garden, which is to the hanging gardens of Babylon what a lettuce is to a palm-tree, what a porter's wife is to a Semiramis.
A dainty green silk skirt reached to her knees, showing silk stockings embroidered with pea-pods, and green satin slippers with bunches of lettuce for decorations instead of bows or buckles.
Cold neck of mutton and a lettuce can ill compete with the luxuries of Mr Boffin's board.'
The lobster was a scarlet mystery to her, but she hammered and poked till it was unshelled and its meager proportions concealed in a grove of lettuce leaves.
Gaynsforth answered,--"some oysters, a chicken en casserole, lettuce salad, some cheese, and a magnum of Pommery."
"You shall wash the lettuce, my dear, and stone the olives for Emily's mayonnaise.
Bede, will you take some vinegar with your lettuce? Aye you're i' the right not.
I am no worshipper of Hygeia, who was the daughter of that old herb-doctor AEsculapius, and who is represented on monuments holding a serpent in one hand, and in the other a cup out of which the serpent sometimes drinks; but rather of Hebe, cup-bearer to Jupiter, who was the daughter of Juno and wild lettuce, and who had the power of restoring gods and men to the vigor of youth.
When Saxon had served the beans, and Billy the coffee, she stood still a moment and surveyed the spread meal on the blankets--the canister of sugar, the condensed milk tin, the sliced corned beef, the lettuce salad and sliced tomatoes, the slices of fresh French bread, and the steaming plates of beans and mugs of coffee.
`Green body and yellow tail, with a thing like a lettuce growing out of the top of his head; there he is.
So exceedingly that he with biting sarcasm informs his mother, in the confidential moments when he sups with her off a lobster and lettuce in the Old Street Road, that he is afraid the office is hardly good enough for swells, and that if he had known there was a swell coming, he would have got it painted.
There was a pretty garden around the house, where blue trees and blue flowers grew in abundance and in one place were beds of blue cabbages, blue carrots and blue lettuce, all of which were delicious to eat.