col·​an·​der | \ˈkä-lən-dər, ˈkə- \

Definition of colander 

: a perforated utensil for washing or draining food

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Drain the beans in a colander and rinse with fresh water. Sara Franklin, charlotteobserver, "No courses, no assigned seats, no-hassle dinner party," 19 June 2018 Drain noodles in a colander and rinse with cold water to stop cooking and remove any starch. Claire Saffitz, Bon Appetit, "Cold Miso-Sesame Noodles," 2 Mar. 2018 Drain potatoes thoroughly in a colander and return to the pot. Cheryl Slocum, Country Living, "The Ultimate Mashed Potatoes," 10 Jan. 2011 Drain rice noodles in a colander and add to wok, using tongs to toss noodles with vegetable-pork mixture. Lucy Saunders, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Cooking 101: New Marquette classes aim to raise students' kitchen GPA," 27 Apr. 2018 Rinse onions thoroughly in same colander or sieve and reserve. San Antonio Express-News, "Recipe: Ceviche Nikkei," 25 Apr. 2018 Once a bit of liquid has drained, pour it out, then transfer the cukes and radishes from the colander to the bowl. Amiel Stanek, Bon Appetit, "A $50 (Kinda) Brunch You Can Make Even When You’re Extremely Hungover," 24 May 2018 Put the two tablespoons of butter in a bowl with a colander set on top. 2. Ellise Pierce, star-telegram, "Spring brings the sweet promise of simple desserts — with berries, of course," 10 Apr. 2018 Strain out the flowers with a colander and pour the honeysuckle syrup into a bowl. Kevin Ambrose, Washington Post, "What’s that wonderful smell? It’s honeysuckle season!," 4 June 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, ˈkə-\

Kids Definition of colander

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

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