ter·​rine | \ tə-ˈrēn How to pronounce terrine (audio) , ter-ˈēn\

Definition of terrine

b : a usually earthenware dish in which foods are cooked and served
2 : a mixture of chopped meat, fish, or vegetables cooked and served in a terrine

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There's cod stew, fire-roasted moose shoulder and leg, jellied foie gras, ribs braised with red wine, and terrines of duck, boar, and rabbit. Bridget Hallinan, Condé Nast Traveler, "Recap: Anthony Bourdain's 'Parts Unknown' Visits Newfoundland," 14 May 2018 Non-porcine options include chicken-liver terrine, a catch-of-the-day fish and duck, and the profiteroles with vanilla ice cream and hot chocolate sauce should not be missed. Alexander Lobrano, New York Times, "Five Places to Go in Montmartre," 15 Feb. 2018 Some dishes are just lovely: those sweet peas, those crudites, a foie gras terrine served with summer truffle and strawberries, some in strawberry gastrique, others with a porcini-cocoa butter shell. Devra First, BostonGlobe.com, "What’s on the menu at Falmouth’s Buffalo Jump? ‘Weird food that only weirdos like’," 11 July 2018 Consider dishes like boudin noir tart ($7), rabbit salad ($10), escargot in puff pastry ($16), duck liver terrine ($7), egg baked in red wine with mushrooms ($6) and steak au poivre ($8). Georgann Yara, azcentral, "French restaurants in Phoenix to celebrate Bastille Day," 9 July 2018 Hors d’oeuvres might include Russian caviar with potato blinis, quail or escargot terrine, and entrees might feature Texas antelope and filet mignon. Katherine Rodeghier, chicagotribune.com, "Midwest eats: Spice up your meal by dining in one of these repurposed restaurants," 26 June 2018 When ready to serve, invert the terrine onto a platter. Susan Selasky, charlotteobserver, "Celebrate the Fourth with minimal fuss, maximum flavor," 3 July 2018 This event recognizes a student's ability to prepare cold dishes such as salads, hors d'oeuvres, appetizers, canapes, pates and terrines. Shirley Macfarland, cleveland.com, "Polaris Baking and Pastry Arts students shine at state competition: Strong Points," 13 May 2018 The Dungeness crab that was made into a terrine with a texture of Spam on one visit was thankfully replaced on the most recent visit by a half-dollar round of kohlrabi. Michael Bauer, San Francisco Chronicle, "Why the restaurant Coi won’t be on this year’s Top 100 Restaurants list," 17 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of terrine

circa 1706, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for terrine

French — more at tureen

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English Language Learners Definition of terrine

: liver or meat that has been chopped into very small pieces and cooked in a special dish

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