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Dictionary Definition

colander n : bowl-shaped strainer; used to wash or drain foods [syn: cullender]

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Colander derives from the Middle English colyndore and Old Provençal colador (meaning a strainer).



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


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Extensive Definition

A colander is a type of sieve used in cooking for separating liquids and solids. It is much like a strainer. It is conventionally made of a light metal, such as aluminium or thinly rolled stainless steel, although it is not uncommon for it to be made of plastic. A colander is pierced with a pattern of small holes for the liquid to drain through, but allowing the solids to remain inside the sieve itself. Colanders often take the form of a large bowl with a built-in stand to allow water to drain out the bottom as well as the sides.

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colander in Guarani: Yrupẽ
colander in Aymara: Susuña
colander in Czech: Cedník
colander in German: Sieb#K.C3.BCche
colander in Spanish: Colador
colander in French: Passoire
colander in Hebrew: מסננת
colander in Luxembourgish: Seibecken
colander in Dutch: Vergiet
colander in Japanese: コランダー
colander in Polish: Cedzak
colander in Portuguese: Passador
colander in Russian: Дуршлаг
colander in Sicilian: Culabbrodu
colander in Swedish: Durkslag
colander in Turkish: Kevgir
colander in Ukrainian: Друшляк

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