cilantro [si-lahn-troh, -lan-] ExamplesWord Origin noun

  1. the strong-scented leaves of the coriander plant, used in salads or to flavor and garnish food.
  2. the coriander plant.

Origin of cilantro 1900–05; Spanish, variant of culantro Vulgar Latin, dissimilated form of Latin coriandrum coriander Also called Chinese parsley. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019 Examples from the Web for cilantro Contemporary Examples of cilantro

  • He knew all about cilantro and the best facial cleanses, but in bed and on the kitchen table he was all about the ladies.

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  • To assemble taco place escabeche, fish and tartar sauce in a tortilla and garnish with cilantro and lime.

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  • The Tanqueray Rangpur gin gives a wonderful exotic aroma, and cilantro and the Thai Chang Beer finish the cocktail.

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  • Mix the beets with the pomegranate seeds, cilantro and the sauce.

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  • British Dictionary definitions for cilantro cilantro noun

    1. 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

    Word Origin for cilantro C20: Spanish Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Word Origin and History for cilantro n.

    by 1907, from Spanish cilantro, variant of culantro, from Latin coriandrum “coriander” (see coriander).

    Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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