achi·​o·​te ˌä-chē-ˈō-tē How to pronounce achiote (audio)
: a spice made from the red seed of the annatto tree
also : the seed from which the spice is made

Examples of achiote in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web From achiote trees to red begonias to bird’s nest ferns, their impressive year-round collection is a feast for the senses. Anna Haines, Forbes, 13 Feb. 2024 Add the achiote and spices and toast lightly, about 30 seconds. Kate Bradshaw, The Mercury News, 2 Feb. 2024 Add a few lime wedges and fresh cilantro and that’s it: dinner, ready to go. Sheet-Pan Citrus Chicken With Roasted Onions and Sweet Potatoes Brightly colored and boldly flavored, achiote paste lends this simple chicken supper a satisfying, earthy depth. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, 1 Nov. 2023 Specialties include the half-pound Monster Burgers, achiote chipotle or Calabrian chili buffalo wings, blackened salmon BLT and lobster roll sandwiches, local catch ceviche and steaks. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Oct. 2023 Specialties include achiote chipotle or Calabrian chili buffalo wings, blackened salmon BLT, lobster rolls, burgers, steaks and more. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 Sep. 2023 In a medium bowl, combine the achiote paste, chile powder, garlic powder, oregano, cumin, salt, pepper, vinegar and 1 cup pineapple juice, mashing and stirring until smooth with no lumps., 24 Aug. 2020 The secret is the citrus and achiote seasoning, which co-owner Olivia Arizmendi learned from her sister in Mexico. Sunset Staff, Sunset Magazine, 6 July 2023 Cochinita pibil One of the many innovations in the south of Mexico, in particular the Yucatán Peninsula, cochinita pibil involves a suckling pig marinated with bitter orange juice seasoned with achiote seed and spices and then wrapped in a banana leaf to be slow-roasted for hours. Serena Maria Daniels, CNN, 23 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History


borrowed from American Spanish, borrowed from Nahuatl āchiotl "annatto tree"

First Known Use

1648, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of achiote was in 1648

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Cite this Entry

“Achiote.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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