Definition of achiote
: a spice made from the red seed of the annatto tree; also : the seed from which the spice is made
Recent Examples of achiote from the Web
Then there’s the carniceria in the back, with all kinds of meat lined up in the case, yards and yards of it; the al pastor practically glows, the pork a rich, deep red from chilies and achiote, with sunny slices of pineapple on top.
Preparation Bundle achiote seeds, peppercorns, and bay leaves in cheesecloth and tie closed with kitchen twine; set sachet aside.
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'achiote'. Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
Origin and Etymology of achiote
American Spanish, from Nahuatl āchiotl the annatto tree
First Known Use: 1648See Words from the same year
Learn More about achiote
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up achiote? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).