col·an·der | \ ˈkä-lən-dər , ˈkə- \

Definition of colander 

: a perforated utensil for washing or draining food

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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 Pour the asparagus into a colander and cover with ice. 2. Ellise Pierce, star-telegram, "Take picnic food up a notch by adding Parisian flair | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 25 Apr. 2018 Transfer the raw mussels to a colander and place them under cold water, gently shaking so all of the mussels get rinsed. Rochelle Bilow, Bon Appetit, "How to Cook Mussels Like Some Kind of Professional Mussel-Cooker," 9 Apr. 2018 Using a slotted spoon, transfer broccoli rabe to a colander and drain. Country Living, "Pasta with Sausage and Broccoli Rabe," 14 July 2012 Drain the pasta in a colander set in the sink, reserving 1/2 cup of the cooking water. Domenica Marchetti, charlotteobserver, "These are 4 of the easiest weeknight pastas you’ll ever find | Charlotte Observer," 22 May 2018 Aim for under 140 mg of sodium or less per serving or rinse canned beans in a colander before using them. Good Housekeeping, "Why You Should Always Have Black Beans on Your Grocery List," 7 May 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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to deposit or conceal in a hiding place

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