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 arillate (audio) , ˈer-​ə-​ \ adjective

Examples of aril in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 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,, "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

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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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28 Dec 2019

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“Aril.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 17 January 2020.

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