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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Combine kiwi, avocado, chile (if using), lime juice, parsley or cilantro and honey, if using, in a small bowl. Jennifer Rude Klett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Table for 1: For solo diners, cooking at home offers many perks," 12 July 2018 Top each one with avocado slices, cilantro and grape tomatoes (if using). Maya Wilson, Anchorage Daily News, "If you have eggs and tortillas, you’ve got the start of a supremely satisfying meal," 12 July 2018 Most of its $1.99-$3.99 straightforward tacos all feature the usual toppings of cilantro, lettuce, tomato and shredded cheese — inexplicably along with a sprinkle feta cheese. Lauren Delgado,, "Downtown Orlando makes it easy to enjoy tacos every day," 28 June 2018 Transfer to a serving bowl and sprinkle with the remaining cilantro and tomato. Tested by Susan Selasky for the Free Press Test Kitchen. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Get ready for the Super Bowl with this guacamole recipe," 4 Feb. 2018 Add 4-5 ice cubes to serving glass, pour in mocktail, and garnish with fresh cilantro and a mini chili pepper., "6 Mocktail Recipes That Make Happy Hour Way Healthier," 12 July 2018 The beef broth served with cilantro, parsley and chile lime at Backbone Café. Kate Washington, sacbee, "With a Burning Man vibe, Backbone Café taps into the current 'clean-eating' craze," 27 Apr. 2018 Toss with cilantro and peanuts just before serving. Jill Wendholt Silva, kansascity, "Carrots take off thanks to buzz over turmeric," 30 Jan. 2018 Divide between 2 small bowls and top with cilantro. Sunset, "Kokoda," 22 Jan. 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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