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Of, in, or appropriate to Lent. Old English lencten ‘spring, Lent’, of Germanic origin, is related to long, perhaps with reference to the lengthening of the day in spring; it is now interpreted as coming directly from Lent + the suffix -en.

Lenten fare food appropriate to Lent, especially that without meat.

Lenten rose a hellebore that is cultivated for its flowers which appear in late winter or early spring.

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