ci·​lan·​tro | \si-ˈlän-(ˌ)trō, -ˈlan- \

Definition of cilantro 

: leaves of coriander used as a flavoring or garnish also : coriander sense 1

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The smell of cilantro, lots of onions, garlic—that’s comforting. Jennifer Goldstein, Marie Claire, "Lupita Nyong'o & Saoirse Ronan Teamed Up to Create Your New Go-To Perfume," 22 Aug. 2018 Inspired by Mexican salsas, Gabe Kennedy of the Little Beet in Manhattan makes a pesto using poblano peppers, pumpkin seeds and a heady dose of cilantro. Aleksandra Crapanzano, WSJ, "6 Fresh Takes on Pesto," 3 Aug. 2018 Scrape the mixture into a medium bowl, add most of the cilantro and stir to mix. Adam Ried,, "Recipes: Three summer dips featuring red lentils," 22 June 2018 Over this go juicy tomatoes and cucumber limned with vinegar and olive oil, and finally a scattering of cilantro, dill and raw jalapeños — just a few, but vital. Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, "At Cafe Dushanbe, a Chef Stays True to His Tajik Roots," 21 June 2018 The garnish of cilantro and scallions adds an herbal element that rounds out the dish. Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free Press, "First Taste: Fist of Curry brings irreverent kung-fu fun to old Huron Room space," 5 Apr. 2018 Top with Tecate, stir, and garnish with a sprig of cilantro and a lime wedge. Julia Thiel, Chicago Reader, "Booze / Cocktail Challenge / Food & Drink Watch a bartender turn a perfect pairing—queso dip with a michelada—into a cocktail," 29 Mar. 2018 Gather half of cilantro into a bundle and tie together with kitchen twine. Andy Baraghani, Bon Appetit, "Chicken Soup with Caramelized Ginger," 26 Mar. 2018 Ladle soup into bowls and garnish with a dollop of lime yogurt and a few leaves of cilantro. Ashleigh Spitza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Soups for a cause fight the winter doldrums," 10 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of cilantro

1903, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cilantro

Spanish, coriander, from Medieval Latin celiandrum, alteration of Latin coriandrum — more at coriander

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The first known use of cilantro was in 1903

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English Language Learners Definition of cilantro

: leaves of the coriander plant that are used in cooking especially in Asian and Mexican food

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