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

Examples of coriander in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Iqbal’s line of kebabs includes some superb specimens — the chicken tikka and lamb seekh skewers prime among them — but also caters to the beef-eating crowd with meaty morsels of rib-eye dusted with turmeric, garlic, coriander, cumin and more. Washington Post, 3 Jan. 2022 Named for Lord Darnley — who met his future wife, Mary Queen of Scots, at the castle in 1565 — the elderflower is macerated with juniper, orris root, citrus, coriander, and grains of paradise before getting distilled in a traditional copper pot. Elizabeth Brownfield, Forbes, 20 Oct. 2021 Stir in the tomato paste, coriander, cumin, and cayenne., 30 Mar. 2021 Add coriander, cumin, mustard seeds, fennel seeds and cayenne, and cook over medium-high heat until spices bloom, 1 minute. Aleksandra Crapanzano, WSJ, 27 Feb. 2021 Cauliflower is immensely versatile and a terrific contender for spice — coriander, cumin, chiles, paprika and fresh ginger are better choices than heavy cream and gooey cheese. Beth Dooley Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, 28 Oct. 2020 Ton’s family worked and lived in a vast open-air market, and in the mornings her nose frequently awoke to adults shelving bags of cinnamon, coriander, and lemongrass. The New Yorker, 29 Oct. 2021 In a small bowl mix together the coriander, cinnamon, paprika, and cumin., 23 Mar. 2021 Mix together the chili powder, coriander, cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a small bowl., 2 Nov. 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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“Coriander.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2022.

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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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