pe·​ril·​la pə-ˈri-lə How to pronounce perilla (audio)
: any of a genus (Perilla) of Asian mints that have a bilabiate fruiting calyx and rugose nutlets

Examples of perilla in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There’s also roasted chicken consommé to start, ban-chan and cold perilla seed noodles on the side, and soft-serve fro-yo for dessert. Tori Latham, Robb Report, 11 Jan. 2024 These soft chews contain a blend of natural ingredients, including nettle leaf, perilla leaf, and quercetin, which work together to support a healthy immune system and ease allergy symptoms. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 24 June 2023 This hearty dish features potatoes (gamja), scallions, ground perilla seed, and bits of pork cooked in a pork bone broth. Violet Kim, CNN, 28 June 2023 Variation: Slice the daikon radish paper thin (or use a mandolin slicer) and layer with perilla (wild sesame) leaves, stack the layer in a container, then pour the pickling liquid over. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, 30 Mar. 2023 My dad finally gave me her pot of perilla. Kristine M. Kierzek, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 31 Mar. 2022 This formula relies on flaxseed and perilla seed oils to strengthen keratin, as well as skin-softening apricot seed oil to keep fingers in tip-top shape, and earned our coveted Best of Beauty Award in 2018. Alexis Rhiannon, Allure, 16 Mar. 2023 Ingredients While retinoids can traditionally be harsh on sensitive skin, this one proved to be quite calming — especially with soothing herbal ingredients like heartleaf extract and perilla leaf extract. Madison Yauger, Peoplemag, 15 Mar. 2023 Next was a tomato perilla salad with burrata, roe, and a basil sorbet. The Bon Appétit Staff & Contributors, Bon Appétit, 16 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History


borrowed from New Latin, genus name, of unknown origin

Note: Taxon introduced by Linnaeus in Genera plantarum, 6th edition, (Stockholm, 1764), p. 578. Linnaeus gives no source or explanation for the coinage. The name Perilla is known in Latin literature from poems addressed by Ovid to a real or pseudonymous "Perilla," though inscriptional evidence for such a given name in Rome is apparently lacking.

First Known Use

1900, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of perilla was in 1900

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“Perilla.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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