col·​an·​der | \ ˈkä-lən-dər How to pronounce colander (audio) , ˈkə- How to pronounce colander (audio) \

Definition of colander

: a perforated utensil for washing or draining food

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Curry’s trick for the ultimate veggie noodles is to toss them with a little salt and set them in a colander to draw out moisture. NBC News, "8 super simple, super satisfying summer pastas," 7 July 2019 Drain in a colander, toss with 1 teaspoon of the oil, and set aside to cool. Christian Burno, Dallas News, "New 'real wellness' cookbook encourages body positivity and a healthy relationship with food," 24 June 2019 Lift out the leaves, shaking off excess water and drain in a colander. Soleil Ho,, "Off the shelf: The powerfully funky umami of Vietnamese fish paste," 20 June 2019 Place the pumpkin pieces in a steamer or metal colander and over the boiling water. Karen Berner, Good Housekeeping, "How to Make Homemade Pumpkin Puree to Use In Your Favorite Fall Recipes," 18 July 2018 While the fillets rest, drain the vegetables in a colander then return them to the bowl. Ben Mims,, "Redfish blackened with Korean chile flake butter is the perfect summer dish," 13 June 2019 What might be a colander full of moldy spaghetti, and other questionable garden-store purchases. Ashley Franklin, The New Yorker, "A Victim of True-Crime Podcasts," 6 June 2019 For the slaw: In a colander, toss cabbage in salt and allow to drain at least 1 hour. House Beautiful, "Carla Hall's BBQ Pork Tenderloin with Beet, Carrot & Cabbage Slaw with Spicy Lemon Vinaigrette," 20 July 2012 The steel colander had survived the most destructive fire in California history — no way to explain that. Scott Wilson, The Seattle Times, "Nearly a month after the Camp Fire began razing their towns, Californians return to ruin," 5 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of colander

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for colander

Middle English colyndore, probably modification of Old Occitan colador, from Medieval Latin colatorium, from Latin colare to sieve, from colum sieve

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English Language Learners Definition of colander

: a bowl that has many small holes and that is used for washing or draining food


col·​an·​der | \ ˈkä-lən-dər How to pronounce colander (audio) , ˈkə-\

Kids Definition of colander

: a bowl-shaped utensil with small holes for draining foods

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