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 Caress your body in a fast-absorbing lotion infused with deeply nourishing quinoa oil to visibly improve the health of your skin. Essence, 20 Dec. 2021 Boasting a hydrating lather that won’t strip your hair of its natural oils, Sweet Tobacco combines macadamia glycerides, jojoba esters and quinoa for a squeaky-clean formula that can be used on your hair, beard and body. Joseph Deacetis, Forbes, 28 Dec. 2021 Bring water and quinoa to a rapid boil over high heat. Bethany Thayer, Detroit Free Press, 14 Nov. 2021 Across the menu, flavors of peppers limo and crispy quinoa mingle freely with yuzu and soy. New York Times, 12 Oct. 2021 Consumers could order quinoa in a metal canister or face wash in a glass jar, then send back the empty packaging for cleaning and refilling and repeat the cycle. Jamie Ducharme, Time, 28 Sep. 2021 Cook farro and quinoa according to package directions. Charlyne Mattox, Country Living, 29 Mar. 2021 First Watch is known for traditional breakfast/brunch/lunch items as well as specialties like quinoa power bowls, avocado toast and the Chickichanga. Rafael Guerrero, chicagotribune.com, 16 Dec. 2021 Let the gluten-free folks enjoy something a little more indulgent than a joyless quinoa salad or floppy celery sticks—and unveil this tasty quick bread. Serena Coady, Glamour, 18 Oct. 2021

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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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5 Jan 2022

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“Quinoa.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quinoa. Accessed 17 Jan. 2022.

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