Lactuca Canadensis

Lactuca Canadensis
Lettuce Let"tuce (l[e^]t"t[i^]s), n. [OE. letuce, prob. through Old French from some Late Latin derivative of L. lactuca lettuce, which, according to Varro, is fr. lac, lactis, milk, on account of the milky white juice which flows from it when it is cut: cf. F. laitue. Cf. {Lacteal}, {Lactucic}.] 1. (Bot.) A composite plant of the genus {Lactuca} ({Lactuca 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 {Lactuca Canadensis}. [1913 Webster]

2. United States currency; dollar bills; greenbacks. [slang] [PJC]

{Hare's lettuce}, {Lamb's lettuce}. See under {Hare}, and {Lamb}.

{Lettuce opium}. See {Lactucarium}.

{Sea lettuce}, certain papery green seaweeds of the genus {Ulva}. [1913 Webster]

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