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[kawr-ee-an-der, kohr-] /ˈkɔr iˌæn dər, ˈkoʊr-/
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.
Also called Chinese parsley, cilantro.
Origin of coriander
1350-1400; Middle English coriandre < Latin coriandrum < Greek koríandron, variant of koríannon Unabridged
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Examples from the web for coriander
  • Fish main courses include salmon with basmati rice and roasted tuna with mint, coriander, sauteed potatoes and tomatoes.
  • Squeeze lime to taste and garnish with coriander leaves.
  • Garnish with the coriander-parsley mixture and serve immediately.
  • Add the remaining ingredients except for the coriander.
  • At first, the researchers thought the dried weed was coriander.
  • Use the base of a heavy pan or a meat mallet to finely crush the peppercorns and coriander.
  • Rose, coriander, and honey became the backbone of the dish.
  • Toast coriander in a dry small heavy skillet over medium heat, shaking skillet occasionally, until fragrant and a shade darker.
  • Cook for a few seconds, then add coriander and turmeric.
  • Liquid nitrogen controls seed-borne chalcids without reducing germination in coriander seeds.
British Dictionary definitions for coriander


a European umbelliferous plant, Coriandrum sativum, widely cultivated for its aromatic seeds and leaves, used in flavouring food, etc US and Canadian name cilantro
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

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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coriander in the Bible

Heb. gad, (Ex. 16:31; Num. 11:7), seed to which the manna is likened in its form and colour. It is the Coriandrum sativum of botanists, an umbelliferous annual plant with a round stalk, about two feet high. It is widely cultivated in Eastern countries and in the south of Europe for the sake of its seeds, which are in the form of a little ball of the size of a peppercorn. They are used medicinally and as a spice. The Greek name of this plant is korion or koriannon, whence the name "coriander."

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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