- the strong-scented leaves of the coriander plant, used in salads or to flavor and garnish food.
- the coriander plant.
Origin of cilantro
1900–05; < Spanish, variant of culantro < Vulgar Latin, dissimilated form of Latin coriandrum coriander
Also called Chinese parsley.
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- US and Canadian a European umbelliferous plant, Coriandrum sativum, widely cultivated for its aromatic seeds and leaves, used in flavouring food, etcAlso called (in Britain and certain other countries): coriander
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Word Origin and History for cilantro
by 1907, from Spanish cilantro, variant of culantro, from Latin coriandrum "coriander" (see coriander).
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