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[kuhl-uh n-der, kol-] /ˈkʌl ən dər, ˈkɒl-/
a metal or plastic container with a perforated bottom, for draining and straining foods.
Also, cullender.
Origin of colander
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English colyndore, perhaps (with nasalization) < Old Provençal colador < Medieval Latin cōlātōrium, equivalent to Latin cōlā(re) to strain (verbal derivative of cōlum strainer) + -tōrium -tory2
Can be confused
calendar, calender, colander. Unabridged
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/ˈkɒləndə; ˈkʌl-/
a pan with a perforated bottom for straining or rinsing foods
Word Origin
C14 colyndore, probably from Old Provençal colador, via Medieval Latin, from Late Latin cōlāre to filter, from Latin cōlum sieve
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Word Origin and History for colander

mid-14c., coloundour, probably altered from Medieval Latin colatorium "strainer" (with parasitic -n-) from Latin colatus, past participle of colare "to strain," from colum "sieve, strainer, wicker fishing net," of uncertain origin. Cognate with French couloir, Spanish colador, Italian colatojo.

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