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lentil,

leguminous Old World annual plant (Lens culinaris) with whitish or pale blue flowers. Its pods contain two greenish-brown or dark-colored seeds, also called lentils, which when fully ripe are ground into meal or used in soups and stews. Probably indigenous to SW Asia, and known to have been used as early as the Bronze Age, the lentil was introduced to Greece and Egypt before biblical times and was one of the first food plants cultivated in Europe. Esau sold his heritage for a mess of lentils—although the name in the Scriptures may have been applied to several plants. Lentils are unusually high in protein content and are much used for food in Europe, especially by the poor, and increasingly in the United States. Many varieties are cultivated, for the seeds as well as for forage. Lentil seeds, from their shape, gave their name to the magnifying lens. The gulfweed (see seaweedseaweed,
name commonly used for the multicellular marine algae. Simpler forms, consisting of one cell (e.g., the diatom) or of a few cells, are not generally called seaweeds; these tiny plants help to make up plankton.
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) is sometimes called sea lentil. Lentils are classified in the division MagnoliophytaMagnoliophyta
, division of the plant kingdom consisting of those organisms commonly called the flowering plants, or angiosperms. The angiosperms have leaves, stems, and roots, and vascular, or conducting, tissue (xylem and phloem).
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, class Magnoliopsida, order Rosales, family Leguminosae.

lentil

[′lent·əl]
(botany)
Lens esculenta. A semiviny annual legume having pinnately compound, vetchlike leaves; cultivated for its thin, lens-shaped, edible seed.
(geology)
A rock body that is lens-shaped and enclosed in a stratum of different material.
A rock stratigraphic unit that is a subdivision of a formation and has limited geographic extent; it thins out in all directions.

lentil

1. a small annual leguminous plant, Lens culinaris, of the Mediterranean region and W Asia, having edible brownish convex seeds
2. any of the seeds of this plant, which are cooked and eaten as a vegetable, in soups, etc.
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The chair instructed M/o Food Security & Research to prepare the plan and strategy for intercropping masoor pulses with sugarcane to increase its local production and reduce dependence on import and look into other aspects to increase other pulses' productivity and commodities.
Karachi Wholesale Prices (Rupees) ITEMS May 31, 2002 July 1, 2002 GRAIN: Wheat - New (100 kg) 745 750/775 Basmati New (100 kg) 2,225/2240 2,350/2,375 Masoor Dal Imported (100 kg) 2,550/2,600 2,150/2,200 Gram Imported (100 kg) 2,275/2,825 2,200/2,250 OTHER FOOD: Sugar (100 kg) 2,035/2,090 2,045/2,100 Tea Kenya DI (C Grade) (1 kg) 150 150 Tea Kenya (Dust C Grade) (1 kg) 75 80 NIDO (2.
Masoor crops usually absorbed Nitrogen from air and hence need less nitrogen fertilizers.
Masoor further argued that the Supreme Court of Pakistan has cleared all ambiguities pertaining to law on promotion and envisaged by Section 9 of the Civil Servant Act, 1973 and Civil Servants (Appointment and promotions rules) Rules.
According to deputy director information agriculture liaison Naveed Asmat Kohloon, Masoor pulse was cultivated at an area of 40,000 acres in Punjab which 70 percent of total production of the crop.
He added that eight plots belonged to gram (chanay) cultivation Masoor pulse was cultivated in two plots.
According to new rates wheat flour Rs 37/kg while 20 kg bag in Rs 720, Basmati rice Rs 120 t 135/kg, rice 386 Basmati Rs 70/kg, pulse gram Rs 60/kg, mash Rs 135, Bason Rs 65, while prices of other products would be sold on the rates fixed in previous price lists including pulses, masoor Rs 115, moong Rs 135 and Sugar Rs 58, Milk Rs 55 per litter, yogurt Rs 65 per kg, Mutton Rs 500 per kg while beef would be sold at Rs 250 per kg in open market.
A(r) Mohammad Usman ,Graam daal would be sold in retail market at RS 60 per kg, Besan Rs 64/kg, Basmati Rice Super (new) Rs 116/kg, Basmati Rice (386 new) Rs 70, Daal Masoor Desi Rs 126/KG, Daal Masoor Moti Rs 115/kg, Daal Maash white Rs 145/kg,Daal Mash whole Rs 135/kg , Chana Black Rs 60/kg, Chana white Rs 58/kg,Red Chilli Rs 200/kg,Sugar Rs 58/kg, Dal Masoor Rs 126 ,Dal Mong Rs 130/kg,Mutton Rs 500/kg,Beef Rs 250/kg, Roti (100 grm) Rs 6,Nan/Khamiri Roti (100 grm) Rs 8.
Masoor' is cultivated on 30000 acre area in Punjab which comes around to 70 per cent of the total Masoor cultivated area in the country.
Faisalabad 359 (Imran Ahmed 154, Faheem Ashraf 49, Naseer Akram 40, Bilal Yousuf 30, Mir Hamza 5-98) Karachi Whites 191 (Junaid Ilyas 46, Daniyal Mansoor 34, Yasir Mushtaq 28, Amit Ravi 27, Faheem Ahmed 5-53, Ikramullah 3-64, Naseer Akram 2-44) & 167-4 in 64 overs (Saad Ali 40 not out, Yasir Mushtaq 32, Daniyal Masoor 25, Asif Zakir 24, Faheem Ashraf 2-42).
Prices of gram pulse in Ramazan bazaar will be 60/kg, in open market Rs 65/kg, Masoor in Ramazan bazaar Rs 95/kg, in open market Rs 100/kg, Mash Ramazan bazaar Rs 105/kg, in open market Rs 110/kg, Moong in Ramazan bazaar Rs 125/kg, in open market Rs 130/kg.
Prices of tomatoes, chicken live, egg, moong pulse, masoor pulsed washed, wheat flour bag, Rice IRRI, wheat, gas surcharge, beef, bananas, milk fresh, veg Ghee loose, mutton, sugar and red chillies powered loose registered increased.