Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A bowl-shaped kitchen utensil with perforations for draining off liquids and rinsing food.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A vessel of hair, wicker, or metal, with a bottom, or bottom and sides, perforated with little holes to allow liquids to run off, as in washing vegetables or straining curds, separating the juices from fruits or the liquor from oysters, etc.; a strainer.
  • noun A perforated hemispherical vessel used in casting shot.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A utensil with a bottom perforated with little holes for straining liquids, mashed vegetable pulp, etc.; a strainer of wickerwork, perforated metal, or the like.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A bowl-shaped kitchen utensil with holes in it used for draining food such as pasta.

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

  • noun bowl-shaped strainer; used to wash or drain foods

Etymologies

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

[Middle English colyndore; probably from a Romance source akin to Old Provençal colador, strainer, from Vulgar Latin *cōlātōr, from Latin cōlātus, past participle of cōlāre, to strain; see percolate.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Middle English colyndore and Old Provençal colador ("strainer").

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