ep·​a·​zote ˈe-pə-ˌzōt How to pronounce epazote (audio)
: wormseed sense b
also : the fresh or dried pungent-smelling leaves of wormseed used especially in Mexican cooking

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Use epazote by adding it to your pot of beans before bringing it to a boil. Nina Moskowitz, Bon Appétit, 7 Oct. 2022 Add the onion, garlic, and 3 sprigs fresh epazote or cilantro to the beans. Ellie Krieger, Washington Post, 12 Jan. 2023 Green mole uses the chile most Americans are familiar with — fresh jalapeños — along with tomatillos, epazote and Hoja Santa herbs, cilantro and flat-leaf parsley. Michael A. Gardiner, San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 Jan. 2023 The fish is flanked with beans that get their warmth from epazote and jalapeño. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 30 Sep. 2022 In nearly 200 recipes, Ms. Kennedy took readers on a tour through one of the world’s most diverse cuisines, looking into the mysteries of masa, mole, nopal cactus and the pungent herb epazote. William Grimes, New York Times, 24 July 2022 Add the beans, chipotle, kombu or epazote, cumin, bay leaf, and just enough water to cover, about four to five cups. Outside Online, 22 Jan. 2021 Popping up in San Francisco, Galvan uses different varieties of maíz, like chalqueño amarillo and azul, to make concentric circle tortillas, and bi-colored tetelas pressed with epazote leaves. Andrea Aliseda, Bon Appétit, 10 June 2022 The striking tortillas chef Julio Hernandez makes at his Nashville food truck and pop-up, Maíz de la Vida, color the chef's Instagram, speckled with purple-yellow suns and moons, patterned with colorful rings, or imprinted with leaves of epazote. Andrea Aliseda, Bon Appétit, 10 June 2022 See More

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Word History


Mexican Spanish, from Nahuatl epazōtl

First Known Use

1848, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of epazote was in 1848

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Cite this Entry

“Epazote.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/epazote. Accessed 29 Mar. 2023.

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