A colander is a bowl-shaped kitchen utensil with holes in it used for draining food such as pasta or rice.
The perforated nature of the colander allows liquid to drain through while retaining the solids inside. It is sometimes also called a pasta strainer or kitchen sieve.
The word colander comes from the Latin colum meaning sieve.
Religious use 
Some Pastafarians believe that colanders are their traditional religious headgear: after a three year long legal battle Niko Alm from Vienna was allowed to have a photo wearing a colander (as a cap) in his drivers licence.
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