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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This revealed phytanic acid (frequently found in the fat and milk of ruminants), azelaic acid (common in wholegrain cereals) and gamma-terpinene (typically found in herbs like coriander). The Economist, "A mummy’s final meal adds to an ancient mystery," 12 July 2018 In August, along came Rose Foods, a midcentury Jewish deli, where the smoked salmon gets cured with coriander, paprika, black pepper, and brown sugar. Alexandra Hall,, "At the heart of Woodfords Corner’s revival is this: ‘You don’t get very many opportunities in life to do what you really believe in’," 26 June 2018 Sharper than an Allagash, with less of the coriander/spice taste. Peter King,, "Matt Millen Fights For His Life: ‘It’s Getting Late. We Need a Big Stop’," 14 May 2018 Olvera talked about the black beans that his grandmother cooked with a little lime, amachito pepper, and Mexican coriander. Junot Díaz, The New Yorker, "The Hunt for Mexico’s Heirloom Beans," 17 Apr. 2018 Crushed caraway seeds are a fragrant replacement for coriander. Rick Nelson, charlotteobserver, "How to make shakshuka, the egg dish with the awesome name | Charlotte Observer," 20 Mar. 2018 What looks good: We’re especially stoked to try the coriander millet porridge with rosemary concord grape compote, zingy watermelon rind marmalade, bukhara farro pilaf, and a golden beet and pomelo winter panzanella. Aliza Abarbanel, Bon Appetit, "5 New Vegetarian Cookbooks We're All About This Spring," 5 Mar. 2018 In a large bowl, stir together pepper and coriander with 2 tablespoons olive oil. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "The Recipe, The Legend: Bombay Bread Bar’s Black Pepper Shrimp," 12 July 2018 Now students will learn to make a carrot coriander soup, a kale smoothie, a Mediterannean salad called panzanella — and, of course, pancakes. Anya Van Wagtendonk,, "For these immigrants, flipping pancakes and learning English go hand-in-hand," 12 July 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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