ep·​a·​zote | \ ˈe-pə-ˌzōt How to pronounce epazote (audio) \

Definition of epazote

: wormseed sense b also : the fresh or dried pungent-smelling leaves of wormseed used especially in Mexican cooking

Examples of epazote in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Pork belly sliced over a lake made green and luscious with epazote, poblano, cilantro and jalapeño is both a looker and a taster. Washington Post, 22 Oct. 2021 Creamy gigante beans huddle like tranquil hippopotami in a murky, epazote-laced braising liquid with tender pieces of chayote squash, a poached egg and kale. Soleil Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, 11 June 2021 Garnish with epazote, if using, and serve with black beans and tortillas. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, 17 Mar. 2021 Other options to add to the cilantro include the tender fronds from a bulb of fresh fennel, or a leaf or two of fresh epazote or hoja santa, herbs common in Mexican cooking. Jeanmarie Brownson, chicagotribune.com, 7 Oct. 2020 Add the cumin, epazote or oregano and chili and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. cleveland, 3 July 2020 Add a few drought-resistant herbs like sage, epazote, and Mexican oregano. Heather Arndt Anderson, Sunset Magazine, 16 Mar. 2020 Now, there are two large Berkeley Bowl locations that have become renowned for their diverse and affordable selections of fresh vegetables and fruit, such as spindly Buddha’s hand, fuzzy red rambutan, aromatic epazote leaves and long burdock roots. Janelle Bitker, SFChronicle.com, 20 Feb. 2020 Swirls of chlorophyll gel and crema circled each bite, and masa chips came mounted on a stand next to the plate, each one embedded with a single epazote leaf. Mike Sutter, ExpressNews.com, 23 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of epazote

1848, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for epazote

Mexican Spanish, from Nahuatl epazōtl

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“Epazote.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/epazote. Accessed 29 Nov. 2021.

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