variants: or less commonly biriani \ bi(ə)rˈyänē , ˌbirēˈänē , -​i \
plural -s

Definition of biryani

: an Indian dish of meat, fish, or vegetables cooked with rice flavored especially with saffron or turmeric

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First Known Use of biryani

1932, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for biryani

Hindi biryānī, from biryān roasted, from Persian; probably akin to Middle Persian barshtan to roast, Sanskrit bhṛjjati he roasts

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“Biryani.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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