Vegetables draining in a colander.
The definition of a colander is a large bowl with holes for draining liquid.
The bowl used to drain spaghetti is an example of a colander.
a perforated pan, usually bowl-shaped, for draining off liquids, as in washing vegetables
Origin of colanderprobably altered from Medieval Latin colator, ultimately from Classical Latin colare, to strain from colum, strainer
A bowl-shaped kitchen utensil with perforations for draining off liquids and rinsing food.
Origin of colanderMiddle 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 .
Middle English colyndore and Old Provençal colador (“strainer”).