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spinach, annual plant (Spinacia oleracea) of the family Chenopodiaceae (goosefoot family), probably of Persian origin and known to have been introduced into Europe in the 15th cent. It is valued as a vegetable for the high vitamin and iron content of its leaves, and numerous varieties of the species are cultivated. New Zealand spinach belongs to the family Aizoaceae. Both families to which spinach plants belong are classified in the division Magnoliophyta, class Magnoliopsida, order Caryophyllales.

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spinach Leaves of Spinacia oleracea, introduced into Sicily by invading Saracens in the early ninth century. A 90‐g portion is a rich source of vitamin A (as carotene), folate, and vitamin C; provides 5.4 g of dietary fibre, and supplies 25 kcal (100 kJ). The content of oxalic acid renders much of the iron and calcium that are presently unavailable.

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spin·ach / ˈspinich/ • n. a widely cultivated edible Asian plant (Spinacia oleracea) of the goosefoot family, with large, dark green leaves that are eaten raw or cooked as a vegetable. DERIVATIVES: spin·ach·y adj.

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spinach XVI (spinache, -age). prob. — MDu. spinaetse, spinag(i)e (Du. spinazie) — OF. espinache, -age (mod. épinard) — Sp. espinaca — medL. spinac(h)ia, -ium, of uncert. orig
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spinach Herbaceous, annual plant cultivated in areas with cool summers. Spinach is used as a culinary herb and as a vegetable. Family Chenopodiaceae; species Spinacia oleracea.

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