pe·​ril·​la | \ pə-ˈri-lə How to pronounce perilla (audio) \

Definition of perilla

: 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 With a full liquor license, Nokni brought on Susan Eggett (Laste Rites) as a bar consultant, and Joo said to expect Korean herbs like perilla and citrus like yuzu to make their way into cocktails. Janelle Bitker,, "Nokni Upstairs set to bring Cal-Korean food to Oakland," 20 Dec. 2019 Kristyn Leach of Namu Farm in San Francisco uses organic and sustainable agriculture methods to grow perilla, Korean melon, chili peppers and other crops. Allison Park, NBC News, "Young Asian Americans turn to farming as a means of cultural reclamation," 28 Oct. 2019 First basil, then more speciality Asian varietals like shiso and perilla leaves. Hilary Cadigan, Bon Appétit, "Forward All Our Mail to Danielle Chang's Gorgeous Rooftop Garden," 13 Sep. 2019 The Lee brothers, behind Namu Gaji and Namu Stonepot, teamed up with Sunol farmer Kristyn Leach in 2011 to grow the likes of Korean perilla for their Korean-tinged menus. Janelle Bitker,, "Is San Francisco ready for a Korean food boom?," 8 Aug. 2019 Among the standouts are the manila clams with fish sauce, chilies and miso paste with butter served over egg noodles, and the bo ssam, crispy pork belly wrapped in perilla leaves and served with an Asian pear kimchi. Cynthia Durcanin, New York Times, "A San Francisco Museum Restaurant That Is on Theme," 23 June 2018 For its updated Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate, Shiseido took the gingko, perilla, and thyme botanicals from the original award-winning formula and added lotus germ, which is the foundation of its innovative ImuGeneration Technology. Shannon Barbour, The Cut, "This Skin-Care Product Works on a Cellular Level," 24 May 2018 At lunch, that means dishes such as ramen and salads; a noodle dish with pesto made from perilla, the Asian herb; Korean-fried chicken wings; and kimchi poutine. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Char'd, with a modern Korean menu, plans to open Thursday in the Third Ward," 16 May 2018 Though Sunée was born in Korea, perilla's taste has only recently become familiar. Julia O'malley, Anchorage Daily News, "In the aisles of Anchorage groceries, Kim Sunée collects flavors of Korea," 20 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of perilla

1900, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for perilla

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.

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5 Jan 2020

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“Perilla.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 25 January 2020.

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