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

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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, "8 recipes featuring the pomegranate, the jewel of fruits," 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, "Use this blueprint for an easy and elegant New Year's buffet," 30 Dec. 2019 Top this delicious prep with pomegranate arils, for fresh flavor, texture and color. Washington Post, "8 recipes featuring the pomegranate, the jewel of fruits," 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, "Freshen up the Waldorf salad with persimmons, Asian pear and grapefruit," 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,, "EatingWell: It’s easy to feel festive making this pomegranate parfait," 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, "6 easy, delicious ways to upgrade your salad for winter," 3 Jan. 2019 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, Chris Ross,, "Lamb meatballs with pomegranate relish," 16 Oct. 2017

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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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“Aril.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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