LETTUCE, n. let'tis. [L. lactuca, according to Varro, from lac, milk.]A genus of plants, the Lactuca, of many species, some of which are used as salads.
LET'TUCE, n. [let'tis; Fr. laitue; It. lattuga; Sp. lechuga; Arm. lactuzen; G. lattich; D. latuw; from L. lactuca, according to Varro, from lac, milk.]
The English popular name of several species of Lactuca, some of which are used as salads.
- A composite
plant of the genus Lactuca (L. sativa), the leaves of
which are used as salad. Plants of this genus yield a milky juice,
from which lactucarium is obtained. The commonest wild lettuce of the
United States is L. Canadensis.