coriander (kōrˌēănˈdər) [key], strong-smelling Old World annual herb ( Coriandrum sativum ) of the family Umbelliferae (parsley family), cultivated for its fruits. Dried coriander seed contains an aromatic oil used as a flavoring, as a medicine, and in liqueurs. The seed itself is used as a spice similarly to that of the related caraway and cumin. Coriander is classified in the division Magnoliophyta, class Magnoliopsida, order Apiales, family Umbelliferae.

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