- a Middle Eastern dish consisting of sautéed, seasoned rice steamed in bouillon, sometimes with poultry, meat or shellfish.
- rice cooked in a meat or poultry broth.
Also pi·laff, pilau, pilaw.
Origin of pilaf
1925–30; < Turkish pilâv < Persian pilāw
[pi-lahf, pee-lahf, pi-law, -lou, pee-law, -lou]
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Examples from the Web for pilaw
Each orta had two or three great caldrons used for boiling the soup and pilaw; these were under the guard of subordinate officers.
Mix all well together; make it into small cakes; fry it of a light brown, and put it round the pilaw.The Lady's Own Cookery Book, and New Dinner-Table Directory;
Charlotte Campbell Bury
pilaf, pilaff (ˈpɪlæf), pilao (pɪˈlaʊ), pilaw (pɪˈlɔː) or pulao (pʊˈlaʊ)
- a dish originating from the East, consisting of rice flavoured with spices and cooked in stock, to which meat, poultry, or fish may be added
C17: from Turkish pilāw, from Persian
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Word Origin and History for pilaw
oriental dish of rice boiled with meat, 1610s, from Turkish pilav, from Persian pilaw. Spelling influenced by Modern Greek pilafi, from the Turkish word.
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