colander

[kuhl-uhn-der, kol-]
noun
a metal or plastic container with a perforated bottom, for draining and straining foods.
Also, cullender.


Origin:
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

calendar, calender, colander.
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colander or cullender (ˈkɒləndə, ˈkʌl-)
 
n
a pan with a perforated bottom for straining or rinsing foods
 
[C14 colyndore, probably from Old Provençal colador, via Medieval Latin, from Late Latin cōlāre to filter, from Latin cōlum sieve]
 
cullender or cullender
 
n
 
[C14 colyndore, probably from Old Provençal colador, via Medieval Latin, from Late Latin cōlāre to filter, from Latin cōlum sieve]

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colander
1368, probably alt. from M.L. colatorium "strainer" (with parasitic -n-) from L. colatus, pp. of colare "to strain," from colum "sieve." Fr. cognate is couloir, Sp. colador, It. colatojo.
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Example sentences
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.
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