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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Spread the mayo on the inside of each piece of bread, then layer on the roast, cucumber, carrot mixture, jalapeño, and cilantro. Ac Shilton, Outside Online, "Veganism for Carnivores: Testing a Fake-Meat Cookbook," 22 Mar. 2018 Add the parsley, cilantro and basil; pulse 10 to 15 times, until they are chopped yet still have some texture. Ellie Krieger, charlotteobserver, "Bulgur + lamb = good stuff on the grill," 26 June 2018 Quick-pickled vegetables, cilantro, and Sriracha mayonnaise went on top and pulled the whole thing together. Alyse Whitney, Bon Appetit, "These Turkey Meatballs Are the Only Meal Prep I’ll Eat 3 Days in a Row," 11 June 2018 The coctele verde is served in an ice cream sundae glass, with fresh seafood submerged in a kryptonite-green sauce of chile serrano, cilantro, and lots of fresh lime juice. Julia Sherman, Vogue, "Ceramics, Chilaquiles, and Micheladas: An Artist’s Guide to Guadalajara," 10 May 2018 Specials include Old Bay marinated shrimp with cheesy grits, butter sauce and cilantro, and prices range from $14 to $18. Julie Giuffrida,, "Where to take mom for Mother's Day brunch," 3 May 2018 Meanwhile, in a food processor, combine garlic, parsley, cilantro, capers and lemon zest, and pulse to mince. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "Botanica’s Chicken Paillards With Salsa Verde and Red Cabbage," 3 May 2018 Fill tortillas with beef mixture, cheese, lettuce, cilantro, and pico de gallo; roll up. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Smoky Shredded Beef Burritos," 18 Apr. 2018 Combine the nuoc cham sauce, remaining ¼ cup Korican sauce, parsley, cilantro and sambal oelek in a food processor, and process for about 1 minute, until smooth. Nick Kindelsperger,, "Like Bill Kim's food, 'Korean BBQ' cookbook defies categories," 4 Apr. 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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