chan·​te·​relle ˌshan-tə-ˈrel How to pronounce chanterelle (audio)
: a fragrant edible mushroom (Cantharellus cibarius) usually having a yellow to orange color

Examples of chanterelle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Steamed sole scattered with sauteed chanterelles and enriched with a dilly butter sauce was further flattered by bright green and delicately crisp leaves of sea aster, a member of the daisy family whose flavor suggests raw oysters and seaweed. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 29 Dec. 2023 Caramelized Maine scallops, a recent special capped with buttery chanterelles, are silken and sweet. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 27 Nov. 2023 Common mushrooms like button, shiitake, oyster and chanterelles have experienced a major upsurge in demand. Robert Johnson, Rolling Stone, 8 Sep. 2023 Crispy pork belly, homemade tagliatelle with fresh chanterelles, and saltimbocca are just a few of the standout menu items. Lindsay Cohn, Travel + Leisure, 1 Sep. 2023 Polychaete worms writhed like chanterelle mushrooms belly-dancing. Matthew Gavin Frank, Harper's Magazine, 2 June 2023 The only dangerous look-alike is the jack-o-lantern mushroom, which is bright orange, with true gills, while chanterelles have false gills. Bill Heavey, Field & Stream, 11 May 2023 Garlic, shallots, carrots, a bay leaf and chanterelle mushrooms join the chicken, and the mixture is baked in riesling wine until tender. Caron Golden, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Apr. 2023 Unlike the distinct blaze orange of chanterelles, the big-bodied clouds of chicken of the woods, or the white, shaggy plumes of Lion’s mane, morel mushrooms are small, low to the ground, and camouflage easily with dirt and leaf rot. Katie Hill, Outdoor Life, 28 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History


borrowed from French, gallicization of New Latin Cantharellus, genus name, earlier a specific epithet, from Latin cantharus "large drinking cup with handles" (borrowed from Greek kántharos, of uncertain origin) + -ellus, diminutive suffix

Note: See note at cantharis

First Known Use

1777, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of chanterelle was in 1777

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“Chanterelle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

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