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

Examples of epazote in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This recipe also features aromatic epazote, an indigenous Mesoamerican herb used to season many Mexican dishes. Obed Vallejo, Saveur, 28 Mar. 2024 Native tomatoes, chile de árbol and epazote (a pungent herb) lift a pork tamal. Elisabeth Malkin, New York Times, 23 Nov. 2023 Poh Tak, a spicy, sour Thai seafood soup prepared with lemongrass, chicken broth and basil, tastes somewhat similar to caldo de siete mares, a seafood soup flavored with chicken broth, lime and epazote served all over Mexico, Central and South America. Frank Shyongcolumnist, Los Angeles Times, 8 Apr. 2022 Also, the fresh herbs, the epazote. Kristine M. Kierzek, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 27 Oct. 2020 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

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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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“Epazote.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/epazote. Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

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