colander

[ kuhl-uhn-der, kol- ]
/ ˈkʌl ən dər, ˈkɒl- /

noun

a metal or plastic container with a perforated bottom, for draining and straining foods.

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Also cul·len·der [kuhl-uhn-der] /ˈkʌl ən dər/ .

Origin of colander

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

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH colander

calendar, calender, colander
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British Dictionary definitions for colander

colander

cullender

/ (ˈkɒləndə, ˈkʌl-) /

noun

a pan with a perforated bottom for straining or rinsing foods

Word Origin for colander

C14 colyndore, probably from Old Provençal colador, via Medieval Latin, from Late Latin cōlāre to filter, from Latin cōlum sieve
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