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parboil Line breaks: par|boil
Pronunciation: /ˈpɑːbɔɪl/

Definition of parboil in English:


[with object]
Partly cook (food) by boiling: parboil the vegetables in salted water for about 5 minutes
More example sentences
  • To make it on the stove top, sauté the onion and garlic, parboil the potato and then let everything simmer for as long as possible to let the flavours meld together.
  • I parboiled new potatoes and tossed them with apple cider vinegar, olive oil, sea salt, and rosemary from the garden, and then we piled them into a wide cazuela and slid them into the oven to finish.
  • Note: there is no need to parboil meat if not using chicken.


Late Middle English: from Old French parbouillir, from late Latin perbullire 'boil thoroughly', from Latin per- 'through, thoroughly' (later confused with part) + bullire 'to boil'.

Words that rhyme with parboil

trefoil • jetfoil • airfoil

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