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[kuhl-uh n-der, kol-] /ˈkʌl ən dər, ˈkɒl-/
a metal or plastic container with a perforated bottom, for draining and straining foods.
Also, cullender.
Origin of colander
late Middle English
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
Can be confused
calendar, calender, colander. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for colander
  • Drain cooked greens in a large strainer or colander.
  • Drain beans in a colander and run cold water through them.
  • Clean oysters by placing in a colander and pouring over them three-fourths cup cold water.
  • Cook macaroni in boiling salted water until soft, drain in a colander, and pour over macaroni two cups cold water.
  • Turn in a cheese cloth place over a colander, drain, and wring in cheese-cloth.
  • colander into which to pour your curds and whey for draining.
  • Set coconuts, eyes down, in a colander set into sink to drain water.
  • Ladle curds out of the pot into a large colander, lined with a double thickness of cheesecloth and set over a clean bucket.
  • Granted, it isn't really a boat in the political cartoon, it's a colander.
  • The raging sea below, symbolizing the euro crisis, can definitely not be handled in a colander.
British Dictionary definitions for colander


/ˈkɒləndə; ˈkʌl-/
a pan with a perforated bottom for straining or rinsing foods
Word Origin
C14 colyndore, probably from Old Provençal colador, via Medieval Latin, from Late Latin cōlāre to filter, from Latin cōlum sieve
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Word Origin and History for colander

mid-14c., coloundour, probably altered from Medieval Latin colatorium "strainer" (with parasitic -n-) from Latin colatus, past participle of colare "to strain," from colum "sieve, strainer, wicker fishing net," of uncertain origin. Cognate with French couloir, Spanish colador, Italian colatojo.

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