Definition of colander
: a perforated utensil for washing or draining food
Recent Examples of colander from the Web
Using a fine mesh colander, strain off any excess liquid, rinse with cold water and drain well.
Place the pumpkin pieces in a steamer or metal colander and over the boiling water.
Drain potatoes into colander set into sink, and set aside.
Remove the artichokes and stems from the cooking liquid and drain upside down in a colander.
Also used as smoke barrier for chimneys, a register plate is marked with holes, much like a colander, and combines the disparate strands of yarn to form one thick piece of rope.
In sunlight, the sculpture resembles a metallic bouquet with aluminum colanders, bike rims and stainless steel cutlery holders forming the body and flower petals.
Cover colander with lid and allow to continue to drain.
Remove the peas to a colander and run cold water over them to stop the cooking.
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Origin and Etymology of colander
Middle English colyndore, probably modification of Old Occitan colador, from Medieval Latin colatorium, from Latin colare to sieve, from colum sieve
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
COLANDER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of colander for English Language Learners
: a bowl that has many small holes and that is used for washing or draining food
COLANDER Defined for Kids
Definition of colander for Students
: a bowl-shaped utensil with small holes for draining foods
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