cal·​la·​loo | \ ˌka-lə-ˈlü How to pronounce callaloo (audio) , ˈka-lə-ˌlü \

Definition of callaloo

1 : the edible young green leaves of a plant (such as taro or a member of the genus Xanthosoma) of the arum family used as greens
2 : a soup or stew made with greens, onions, and crabmeat or pork

Examples of callaloo in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web They are distinguished by their unusually flaky crusts and wide selection, which run from traditional fillings like callaloo and ackee to a beef-and-cheese mixture that imitates a cheeseburger. New York Times, 11 Jan. 2022 My aunty Jannette and uncle Rawden might have us over for curry or a feast of our traditional Creole food — callaloo, macaroni pie, pelau, and stewed chicken. Patrice Grell Yursik, Travel + Leisure, 27 May 2021 Other typical Jamaican dishes that originated in Africa include callaloo, a leafy green resembling spinach that’s made from amaranth or taro leaves. Amanda Albee, Dallas News, 1 July 2021 That Sunday, the callaloo was the first item on my plate. Brigid Washington, Bon Appétit, 8 Mar. 2021 To this day, variations of callaloo abound throughout the West Indies. Brigid Washington, Bon Appétit, 8 Mar. 2021 Russell plans to add Sunday brunch in the upcoming weeks, with authentic Jamaican breakfast dishes like ackee and saltfish, callaloo and banana porridge with more traditional American offerings like eggs and French toast. Leeanne Griffin,, 14 Oct. 2020 Or head to the on-site juice bar for a detoxifying callaloo, bok choy, cucumber, pineapple, ginger, and lime concoction. Kate Donnelly, Travel + Leisure, 12 July 2020 Green season doubles as a marinade and salsa, commonly used for fish, poultry, and beef, and is added to a number of common Trinidadian like pelau (a one-pot meat and rice dish) and callaloo (greens stewed in coconut milk). Craig Cavallo, Saveur, 24 Feb. 2016

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First Known Use of callaloo

1696, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for callaloo

Caribbean English, perhaps ultimately of African origin; akin to Caribbean Spanish calalú callaloo (greens and dish), Brazilian Portuguese carurú, Haitian Creole kalalou okra

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16 Jan 2022

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“Callaloo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2022.

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