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

  • n. A steamed rice dish often with meat, shellfish, or vegetables in a seasoned broth.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A dish made by browning grain in oil and then cooking it with a seasoned broth. It may also contain meat and/or vegetables.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as pilau.

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

  • n. rice cooked in well-seasoned broth with onions or celery and usually poultry or game or shellfish and sometimes tomatoes


Persian pilāw, from Turkish pilâv.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Turkish pilav, from Persian پلاو (pilāv) (Wiktionary)



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  • Turk pilâv < Persian pil�?w. a Middle Eastern dish consisting of sautéed, seasoned rice steamed in bouillon, sometimes with poultry, meat or shellfish.

    August 31, 2009