qui·​noa | \ ˈkēn-ˌwä How to pronounce quinoa (audio) , kē-ˈnō-ə \

Definition of quinoa

: an annual herb (Chenopodium quinoa) of the goosefoot family that is native to the Andean highlands and is cultivated for its starchy seeds which are used as food and ground into flour also : its seeds

Examples of quinoa in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The jerk salmon and ackee, with plantain, pumpkin and a quinoa waffle for $17. Rod Stafford Hagwood, sun-sentinel.com, "A village of world cuisines in one plaza: Indian, Pakistani, Haitian, Jamaican, Guyanese, Trinidadian and German," 16 Nov. 2020 Serve quinoa with fish and drizzle with pistachio vinaigrette. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Sesame Salmon With Quinoa Pilaf and Pistachio Vinaigrette," 22 Jan. 2020 Another perk is its quinoa protein, which adds volume to strands. Akili King, Vogue, "14 of the Best Dry Shampoos to Stock Up on this Season," 29 Sep. 2020 Quickly seared rectangles of tofu add texture and bulk to a creamy coconut quinoa that’s punched up with Thai green curry paste. Washington Post, "9 of our best recipes for frying, roasting, smoking and savoring tofu," 23 Sep. 2020 So our heroes head for the country, bringing the bare necessities, including microgreens and quinoa. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "A Feminist Fractal in “The Glorias”," 2 Oct. 2020 Then spread quinoa on a sheet pan and bake until crisp, 1 hour. Betsy Andrews, WSJ, "How to Bring the Cookout Inside," 28 Sep. 2020 Who knew chocolate and quinoa could be the perfect pair? Stefani Sassos, Ms, Rdn, Cso, Good Housekeeping, "The 2020 Good Housekeeping Healthy Snack Awards," 25 Sep. 2020 For the main attraction, consider the duck confit cavatelli topped with mushroom ragu, braised short rib with sweet potato and bacon hash or quinoa and lentil stew with shiitake mushroom, asparagus and green harissa. Lauren Saria, The Arizona Republic, "Arizona Restaurant Week Fall 2020: Here are 15 great menus to try for dine-in or takeout," 17 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of quinoa

1625, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for quinoa

Spanish, from Quechua kinua

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“Quinoa.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quinoa. Accessed 5 Dec. 2020.

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