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[keen-wah, kee-noh-uh] /ˈkin wɑ, kiˈnoʊ ə/
a tall crop plant, Chenopodium quinoa, of the amaranth family, cultivated mainly in Peru, Bolivia, and Chile for its small, ivory-colored seed, which is used as a food staple.
Also, quinua.
Origin of quinoa
1615-25; < Spanish < Quechua kinua, kinoa Unabridged
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Examples from the web for quinoa
  • The office gym has personal trainers and flyers with recipes for kale and quinoa salad.
  • The guys tell me it is high-energy food for active people: quinoa, fish, ceviche.
  • Any mix of seafood works well in this chewy-tender stew, which pairs beautifully atop nutritious quinoa.
  • Any mix of seafood works well in this chewy-tender stew, served over quinoa.
  • Breakfast options include gluten-free muffins and homemade granola with quinoa, blueberries and almonds.
  • For example, seasoned quinoa may replace plain white rice.
  • Sides include quinoa, cabbage, garlic mashed potatoes and mac and cheese.
  • Steamed quinoa has an unbelievably light and fluffy texture.
  • Another good dinner option is quinoa, the perfect grain.
  • Sweet corn and nutty quinoa combine in a nutritionally rich dish.
British Dictionary definitions for quinoa


/ˈkiːnəʊə; kwɪˈnəʊə/
a grain high in nutrients traditionally grown as a staple food high in the Andes
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Word Origin and History for quinoa

1620s, from Spanish spelling of Quechua kinua.

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