co·​ri·​an·​der | \ ˈkȯr-ē-ˌan-dər How to pronounce coriander (audio) , 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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Recent Examples on the Web Fragrant with cumin and coriander, this soup is nice and hearty, and sure to bring comfort on a cold night. Washington Post, "7 one-pan recipes that max out on comfort, not dishes to wash," 30 Dec. 2020 Peel the garlic cloves and add them to the pot as well. Chop the cilantro stalks and place them in the pot, along with the coriander seeds, chile and 4 cups of water. Paul Stephen,, "Recipe: Roasted Sweet Corn Soup," 30 Dec. 2020 In a small bowl, combine paprika, cumin, coriander, salt, pepper, cinnamon and olive oil. Star Tribune, "Recipes: Presssed Spiced Chicken With Hot Honey Glaze, Beef Bourguignon," 16 Dec. 2020 Herbs: Anise, arugula, basil, bay, chives, cilantro, coriander, dill, fennel, garlic, lavender, mint, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage, sweet marjoram, thyme and watercress 6. Tom Maccubbin,, "December in the Garden," 28 Nov. 2020 Add tomatoes, ground coriander and salt and pepper to taste and bring to a simmer. Beth Segal, cleveland, "Peerless (and fearless) wine pairings with vegetarian meals," 8 Oct. 2020 Rub all over with oil and dust with ground coriander, then place on an oiled baking sheet. The New York Times News Service Syndicate, The Denver Post, "5 dishes to cook for the 4th of July," 1 July 2020 Portobellos are remarkably versatile mushrooms that take to savory herbs such as fresh rosemary, sage and thyme as well as to warm spices like curry, cumin, coriander and ginger. Star Tribune, "Portobellos pack a punch as a meal on their own," 16 Dec. 2020 Add the ground chicken, salt, garlic powder, red pepper, coriander and black pepper and stir to combine well. Washington Post, "Stuff these fried Afghan flatbreads with spiced chicken for an irresistible handheld snack," 9 Dec. 2020

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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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The first known use of coriander was in the 14th century

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8 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Coriander.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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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- How to pronounce coriander (audio) \

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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