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

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

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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 The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. 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.
  • n. A perforated hemispherical vessel used in casting shot.

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

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


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.

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


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  • Georgette recommends using two coffee filters inside a colander, which is placed inside a bowl to catch the liquid, or there are inexpensive mesh yogurt strainers you can buy.

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  • I was thinking 'colander' or we might just lump it with the sieves.

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  • Having thus found the necessary ingredients, he scrapes the wourali vine and bitter root into thin shavings and puts them into a kind of colander made of leaves.

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  • Add two handfuls peas, two handfuls fava beans and a colander of baby spinach; cook for 1 minute.

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  • If you already have canned veggies with added salt in your pantry, simply drain the packing liquid through a colander and rinse the vegetable under cold water for around two minutes.

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  • Rinse farro in a colander and place in a large bowl.

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