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coriander

[kawr-ee-an-der, kohr-]
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  1. Also called cilantro, Chinese parsley. an herb, Coriandrum sativum, of the parsley family, native to Europe, having strong-scented leaves used in cooking and aromatic seeds used as a seasoning and in medicine.
  2. the seeds of this plant.
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Origin of coriander

1350–1400; Middle English coriandre < Latin coriandrum < Greek koríandron, variant of koríannon
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coriander

noun
  1. a European umbelliferous plant, Coriandrum sativum, widely cultivated for its aromatic seeds and leaves, used in flavouring food, etcUS and Canadian name: cilantro
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Word Origin

C14: from Old French coriandre, from Latin coriandrum, from Greek koriannon, of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for coriander

n.

late 14c., from Old French coriandre (14c.), from Latin coriandrum, from Greek koriannon, apparently a non-Indo-European word.

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