pu·rée or pu·ree (py-rā, pyrā)
tr.v. pu·réed, pu·rée·ing, pu·rées or pu·reed or pu·ree·ing or pu·rees
To rub through a strainer or process (food) in a blender.
Food prepared by straining or blending.
[From French, purée, from Old French, from feminine past participle of purer, to strain, clean, from Latin pūrāre, to purify, from pūrus, clean; see peuə- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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