perilla

noun
pe·ril·la | \pə-ˈri-lə \

Definition of perilla 

: any of a genus (Perilla) of Asian mints that have a bilabiate fruiting calyx and rugose nutlets

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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 Shiso — the herb is called perilla in English — has the most wonderful taste, like anise, mint, basil, and apple all in one leaf. Devra First, BostonGlobe.com, "At Mastro’s Ocean Club and LoLa 42 in the Seaport, an escape from the known city," 12 Mar. 2018 The dakgalbi is seasoned and deboned chicken stir-fried with sliced rice cake, sweet potato, perilla leaves and cabbage. Soon Kang, charlotteobserver, "Olympic host region known for simple, heartwarming fare | Charlotte Observer," 20 Feb. 2018 On a recent morning at New Central Market, an Asian grocery on Anchorage's Northern Lights Boulevard, Kim Sunée pinched a piece of a palm-sized, green perilla leaf and slipped it between her teeth. Julia O'malley, Anchorage Daily News, "In the aisles of Anchorage groceries, Kim Sunée collects flavors of Korea," 20 Feb. 2018 Add the vinegar, sesame seeds, sesame oil, garlic, sugar, perilla leaves and Espelette pepper, if using. Sarah Fritsche, San Francisco Chronicle, "Recipe: Nokni’s Cucumber Namul," 24 Oct. 2017

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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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