coriander

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English[edit]

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Coriander seeds, dried.

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English coriandre, from Anglo-Norman coriandre, from Old French corïandre, from Latin coriandrum, from Ancient Greek κορίανδρον (koríandron), of uncertain origin.

Compare Ancient Greek κορίαννον (koríannon), κορίαμβλον (koríamblon), Mycenaean Greek 𐀒𐀪𐁀𐀅𐀙 (ko-ri-ha-da-na), 𐀒𐀪𐀊𐀅𐀙 (ko-ri-ja-da-na), 𐀒𐀪𐀊𐀈𐀜 (ko-ri-ja-do-no), 𐀒𐀪𐀍𐀅𐀙 (ko-ri-jo-da-na), and Akkadian 𒌑𒄷𒌷𒌝 (úḫurium).

Beekes supposes that cluster -dn- implies a Pre-Greek word, and hypothesizes that *koriaⁿdro- may have dissimilated to *koriaⁿdno-.

Doublet of cilantro.

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Noun[edit]

coriander (usually uncountable, plural corianders)

  1. The annual herb Coriandrum sativum, used in many cuisines.
  2. The dried fruits thereof, used as a spice.

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Meronyms[edit]

  • (Coriandum sativum): cilantro (US, the leaves, when fresh); in other dialects, this, too, like the rest of the plant, is called coriander

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References[edit]

  • Beekes, Robert S. P. (2010), “κορίαννον”, in Etymological Dictionary of Greek (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 10), with the assistance of Lucien van Beek, Leiden, Boston: Brill, →ISBN, page 754

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