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Lettuce
NOUN:   : any of a genus (Lactuca) of composite plants; especially : a common garden vegetable (L. sativa) whose succulent leaves are used especially in salads
ETYMOLOGY:   Middle English letuse, from Anglo-French letuse, probably from plural of letue lettuce plant, from Latin lactuca, from lact-, lac milk; from its milky juice — more at galaxy
    First Known Use: 14th century
     
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Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Angiosperms
Class: Eudicots
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Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Genus: Lactuca
Species: L. sativa
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