from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An aromatic annual Eurasian herb (Coriandrum sativum) in the parsley family, having parsleylike leaves and umbels of tiny white to pinkish flowers. It is cultivated for its edible fruits, leafy shoots, and roots.
  • n. The fresh young leafy plantlets of this herb, used in salads and various dishes as a flavoring and garnish. Also called Chinese parsley, cilantro.
  • n. The seedlike fruit of this plant, used whole or ground as a flavoring for food and as a seasoning, as in curry powder.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The annual herb Coriandrum sativum: used in many cuisines.
  • n. The dried seeds thereof, used as a spice.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An umbelliferous plant, the Coriandrum sativum, the fruit or seeds of which have a strong smell and a spicy taste, and in medicine are considered as stomachic and carminative.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The popular name of the umbelliferous plant Coriandrum sativum.
  • n. The fruit of this plant.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. Old World herb with aromatic leaves and seed resembling parsley
  • n. dried coriander seeds used whole or ground
  • n. parsley-like herb used as seasoning or garnish


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English coriandre, from Old French, from Latin coriandrum, from Greek koriandron.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From French coriandre, from Latin coriandrum, from Ancient Greek κορίαννον (koriannon).



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  • "At the Mycenaean palace complex of Pylos, built sometime around 1300 B.C. and destroyed around 1100 B.C.--the era generally identified with the Trojan War--archaeologists found that no less than 15 percent of the clay tablets recording the palace inventories dealt with various herbs and aromatics. When the language of the tablets was deciphered and found to be an early form of Greek, the names of numerous aromatics emerged. Coriander was there, easily recognizable as ko-ri-a-da-na. Tablets from the contemporary palace complex at Mycenae, according to legend the home of King Agamemnon, Helen's brother-in-law, contain cumin (ku-mi-no) and sesame (sa-sa-ma), both words of Semitic origin."

    --Jack Turner, _Spice: The History of a Temptation_ (NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 2004), 240

    December 6, 2016

  • Comment on pepper. Also usage/historical note on sacrament.

    November 30, 2016

  • There's a Calvin and Hobbes Search Engine

    Here's the Coriander strip

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    January 23, 2013

  • Whenever I see an instance of this word I recall Calvin (of Calvin and Hobbes) mentioning one of his new favorite bedtime stories, Captain Coriander Salamander and ’er Single-Hander Bellylander in one of the strips (being the sequel to his perennial favorite, Hamster Huey and the Gooey Kablooie). Those titles were burned into my mind somehow.

    January 23, 2013

  • All too often while shopping for groceries, I find myself plunging my face into the biggest bunch of coriander I can find and inhaling until my lungs are swollen with the vivifying, coppery, earthy fragrance.

    April 14, 2011

  • in British English, coriander is the leaf, also known as cilantro, dhania and Chinese parsley.

    April 20, 2007

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