qui·​noa | \ˈkēn-ˌwä, 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

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Have a piece of toast in the morning; have some quinoa at lunch. Andrea Park, Teen Vogue, "Camila Mendes Said Seeking Help for Her Eating Disorder Changed Her Life," 11 Oct. 2018 Buckwheat Many people living with celiac disease can tolerate this whole grain, along with quinoa, amaranth, and sorghum. Leah Zerbe, Good Housekeeping, "The 11 Healthiest Whole Grains You Should Be Eating," 17 July 2018 Farroe Island salmon is highlight for the fish entree and it's paired with quinoa, squash, bell pepper, tomato caper relish and fresh basil for $27. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Holiday Market introduces fresh-ingredient meal kits," 11 Jan. 2018 Customers first choose a base from five options: sushi rice, black rice, quinoa, zucchini noodles or romaine lettuce. Sarah Gish, kansascity, "Freestyle Poké: 5 things to know about River Market's popular Hawaiian-style cafe," 2 July 2018 Chicken breast, steamed broccoli, and either brown rice or quinoa. Luke Darby, GQ, "The Real-Life Diet of Reggie Watts, Who Is Very Funny and Very Ripped," 8 May 2018 Daniels said the new location will also offer healthier options like power bowls with brown rice and quinoa. Jennie Key, Cincinnati.com, "West Side nirvana: Mac and cheese and craft beer are coming," 16 Apr. 2018 Try gluten-free options made from corn, brown rice or quinoa. Susan Russo, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Easy recipes for a pasta party," 2 Apr. 2018 The on-site shop is a cornucopia of Lundberg products, including rice, quinoa, snacks, crackers and sweets. Harriot Manley, San Francisco Chronicle, "Farm trail the path to Butte County’s agriculture culture," 15 Mar. 2018

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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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