ETYM Written also ocra and ochra.
1. Long green edible beaked pods of the okra plant.
2. Tall coarse annual of Old World tropics widely cultivated in southern United States and West Indies for its long mucilaginous green pods used as basis for soups and stews; sometimes placed in genus Hibiscus.
Plant Hibiscus esculentus belonging to the Old World hibiscus family. Its red-and-yellow flowers are followed by long, sticky, green fruits known as ladies’ fingers or bhindi. The fruits are cooked in soups and stews.