Coriander/Cilantro
Posted: 09 October 2007 10:01 PM   [ Ignore ]
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I’m very much a novice linguist, but I was musing that coriander and cilantro are likely from the same word origin, maybe Sanskrit or something, and just come to English through different routes.  The hard and soft c at the beginning makes sense, the r and l makes sense, and the der/tro at the end makes sense.

Can anyone brainy out there confirm this, or maybe even give me some insight how things evolved the way they did.

Thanks!

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Posted: 09 October 2007 11:10 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Welcome bwhiting. My first stop for such questions usually is the Online Etymology Dictionary. Also in this case they seem to answer your question. But don’t let that keep you from posting here. It is always possible that somebody here comes up with interesting background information.

[ Edited: 09 October 2007 11:47 PM by Dutchtoo ]
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Posted: 10 October 2007 02:52 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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AHD pretty much agrees with Etymonline on cilantro adding only the Late Latin form coliandrum.

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Posted: 10 October 2007 07:14 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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This old thread might be of some interest: culantro

The “chowhound” links are broken, though.

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Posted: 10 October 2007 10:44 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Ah, classic wordgeek:

Still no info on “culantro”, tho.

...when it had been explained in the first comment.

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