aril

noun
ar·il | \ˈa-rəl, 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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from aril

arillate \ˈa-rə-ˌlāt, ˈer-ə- \ adjective

Examples of aril in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

Divide salad onto four plates and top with pomegranate arils and shaved cheese. San Antonio Express-News, "Recipe: Clementine’s White Mushroom Salad," 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, pomwonderful.com/recipes. Chris Ross, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Lamb meatballs with pomegranate relish," 16 Oct. 2017 Find frozen pomegranate arils at the grocery store now, and fresh pomegranates in late fall, for these Pomegranate Goat Cheese Bison Burgers. Milwaukee, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Pomegranate Goat Cheese Bison Burgers," 18 Sep. 2017 Warm Salad: Top cooked squash with a zesty lemon-Dijon, cranberry or orange-pomegranate vinaigrette, thinly sliced red onion, pomegranate arils, toasted walnuts and crumbled feta cheese. 3. Susan Russo, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Spaghetti squash: It’s like pasta, only healthier," 23 Oct. 2017 To make a simple salad pop with flavor, bring in bright seasonal fruit like pomegranate arils alongside crunchy sliced pears and chopped hazelnuts to balance the creaminess of the brie in this festive dish. Président Cheese, Bon Appetit, "Kick off Your Holiday Meal With a Warm and Savory Baked Brie," 30 Oct. 2017 While onions cook, combine bison, garlic powder, goat cheese, pomegranate arils, vinegar, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Milwaukee, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Pomegranate Goat Cheese Bison Burgers," 18 Sep. 2017 In a bowl, combine the arils, mint, parsley, lemon zest, olive oil and red wine vinegar. Chris Ross, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Lamb meatballs with pomegranate relish," 16 Oct. 2017 Place spinach on bottom bun, then top with burger, onions, additional cheese and arils for garnish (if using), then bun top. Milwaukee, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Pomegranate Goat Cheese Bison Burgers," 18 Sep. 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'aril.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about aril

Dictionary Entries near aril

Ariidae

Arikara

ariki

aril

arillode

arilloid

arillus

Statistics for aril

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for aril

The first known use of aril was in 1794

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on aril

See words that rhyme with aril

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about aril

Comments on aril

What made you want to look up aril? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a state of commotion or excitement

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words from Greek and Roman Mythology Quiz

  • the-triumph-of-venus-by-alessandro-magnasco
  • Boreal comes from the name of the ancient Greek god of which wind?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!