ar·​il | \ ˈa-rəl How to pronounce aril (audio) , ˈer-əl \

Definition of aril

: an exterior covering or appendage of some seeds (as of the yew) that develops after fertilization as an outgrowth from the ovule stalk

Other Words from aril

arillate \ ˈa-​rə-​ˌlāt How to pronounce aril (audio) , ˈer-​ə-​ \ adjective

Examples of aril in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This herbaceous dip from northern Iran hits all the right notes with briny green olives, fresh cilantro and mint, fruity pomegranate molasses and arils and rich-nuttiness from walnuts. Washington Post, 9 Jan. 2020 The cranberries will later turn into cranberry orange shrub and the pomegranates will lend their arils to arugula, orange and pomegranate salad. Katie Workman, NBC News, 30 Dec. 2019 Top this delicious prep with pomegranate arils, for fresh flavor, texture and color. Washington Post, 9 Jan. 2020 Arrange the apple, pear, persimmon, grapefruit, radishes and celery on top of the mache. Crumble the feta over the salad and scatter with the pomegranate arils. Washington Post, 24 Dec. 2019 Hold the fruit under water, break it apart and use your hands to gently separate the plump seeds (arils) from the outer skin and white pith. Romney Steele,, 12 Dec. 2019 Top a Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad with pomegranate arils, mix apples into a Sweet Cranberry and Apple Lentil Salad, or add tangerines and grapefruit to a Winter Citrus Fruit Salad. Amy Gorin, NBC News, 3 Jan. 2019 Divide salad onto four plates and top with pomegranate arils and shaved cheese. San Antonio Express-News, 18 Apr. 2018 The POM Wonderful company, a leading producer of pomegranate juices, arils and whole fruit, has lots of recipe ideas on its website, Chris Ross,, 16 Oct. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of aril

1794, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for aril

probably from New Latin arillus, from Medieval Latin, raisin, grape seed

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