cilantro

noun
ci·​lan·​tro | \ si-ˈlän-(ˌ)trō How to pronounce cilantro (audio) , -ˈlan- How to pronounce cilantro (audio) \

Definition of cilantro

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

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Serve chicken in tortillas topped with slaw, plus cilantro and yogurt if desired. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Chicken Mole Tacos," 17 Jan. 2019 Lavender from Modern Sprout Modern Sprout has a wonderfully wide assortment of flora for the amateur, indoor-horticulturist; from a self-watering cilantro-growing kit to a table-top mossarium. Marley Marius, Vogue, "8 Botanical Valentine’s Day Gifts That Aren’t Bouquets," 17 Jan. 2019 Toss with romaine lettuce and 1 cup fresh cilantro. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Cheesy Tex-Mex Stuffed Chicken," 21 Dec. 2018 Add pineapple, beans, and cilantro; toss to combine. Anna Helm Baxter, Country Living, "Black Bean-and-Pineapple Salad," 5 Nov. 2018 Past outbreaks have been blamed on basil from Peru, snow peas from Guatemala and cilantro from Mexico. Matthew Haag, New York Times, "McDonald’s Removes Salads Linked to Intestinal Parasite Outbreak in Midwest," 13 July 2018 In pots or in the ground, seeds of basil, dill and cilantro are among the annual herbs that can be sown now for harvest in a few weeks. Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp, Indianapolis Star, "The Hoosier Gardener: Sow seeds now for late-summer edibles," 8 July 2018 Serve with sweet potatoes, drizzle with vinaigrette, and sprinkle with cilantro if desired. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Seared Salmon with Spiced Sweet Potatoes," 8 Jan. 2019 Transfer ingredients to a blender with cilantro and tomatoes. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "These Quesadillas Are Easy to Make, Easy to Love," 28 Sep. 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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cilantro

noun

English Language Learners Definition of cilantro

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

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