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 Expect recipes for dishes like a Moroccan chicken quinoa bowl with kale, carrots, tomatoes, currants and green goddess dressing. Lesley Kennedy, CNN Underscored, "Sick of cooking? These meal delivery services will keep you eating well," 1 Jan. 2021 To serve, ladle the stew into shallow bowls or over couscous, quinoa or rice, and garnish with cilantro and a drizzle of olive oil. Washington Post, "I grew up learning to cook what’s on hand, and now it’s my pandemic superpower," 8 Dec. 2020 Mix with quinoa and combine with Gruyere for a cheesy, delicious dinner. Sheet Pan Frittata. Washington Post, "Turn Thanksgiving leftovers into waffles, sandwiches and casseroles," 26 Nov. 2020 Desserts are tres leches cake or flourless chocolate quinoa cake. Sarah Bahari, Dallas News, "Don’t want to cook for Thanksgiving? These Irving restaurants have you covered," 11 Nov. 2020 Crispy quinoa is covered in premium dark chocolate and sprinkled with a dash of sea salt for a satisfyingly delicious treat by Undercover. Stefani Sassos, Ms, Rdn, Cso, Good Housekeeping, "The 2020 Good Housekeeping Healthy Snack Awards," 25 Sep. 2020 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

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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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17 Jan 2021

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“Quinoa.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quinoa. Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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