co·​ri·​an·​der | \ ˈkȯr-ē-ˌan-dər, ˌkȯr-ē-ˈan-\

Definition of coriander

1 : an Old World annual herb (Coriandrum sativum) of the carrot family with aromatic fruits
2 : the ripened dried fruit of coriander used as a flavoring

called also coriander seed

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Use a spice grinder or mortar and pestle to grind peppercorns and coriander, separately, to a medium-fine powder. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "The Recipe, The Legend: Bombay Bread Bar’s Black Pepper Shrimp," 12 July 2018 Some of the easiest seeds to save and grow, among vegetables and herbs, are parsley, coriander, beans, kale, arugula, lettuce, and non-hybrid tomatoes and peppers. Pam Peirce,, "The joy of seed saving," 6 July 2018 Add the garlic, ginger, coriander, paprika, and cumin and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 40 seconds. Adam Ried,, "Recipes: Three summer dips featuring red lentils," 22 June 2018 Braise: Add to the pot the beer, red pepper flakes, coriander, ham hock, smoked pork loin, and sausage. Debbi Snook,, "This Is Cleveland: Michael Symon's smoked meat stew (recipe)," 11 Apr. 2018 In the épicerie, stock up on hard-to-find honeys like carrot or coriander, English jams, and containers of O/HP/E’s house cookies. Condé Nast Traveler, "20 Best Food Tours in Paris," 3 Mar. 2018 The latest edition of Two Roads’ Tanker Truck Sour Series is a twist on a German gose beer, traditionally brewed with salt and coriander. Gary Dzen,, "Four wine beers you should try immediately," 15 May 2018 Add the onions, bell peppers, garlic, paprika, cumin, coriander and salt, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables have softened but not browned, about 10 minutes. Rick Nelson, charlotteobserver, "How to make shakshuka, the egg dish with the awesome name | Charlotte Observer," 20 Mar. 2018 In a small skillet, toast coriander and cumin seeds. Mackenzie Wagoner, Vogue, "The Ultimate Post-Thanksgiving Detox Meal Plan," 23 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of coriander

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for coriander

Middle English coriandre, from Anglo-French, from Latin coriandrum, from Greek koriandron, koriannon

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English Language Learners Definition of coriander

: a plant whose leaves and seeds are used in cooking

: the dried seed of the coriander plant used as a flavoring


co·​ri·​an·​der | \ ˈkōr-ē-ˌan-dər, ˌkōr-ē-ˈ, ˈkȯr-, ˌkȯr- \

Medical Definition of coriander

1 : an Old World herb (Coriandrum sativum) of the carrot family (Umbelliferae) with aromatic fruits
2 : the ripened dried fruit of coriander used as a flavoring

called also coriander seed

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