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sieb - colander and sieve

In English, there's a distinction between the word colander (for a metal bowl with relatively big drainage holes for draining vegetables) and a sieve (wire mesh). But I have the impression that Sieb tends to cover both of them equally well in German. Is that correct? e.g. say I was asking in a shop, what would be the best way to refer to them both? Thx.
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Re: sieb - colander and sieve

It can be regionally different:

A Seiher is a colander, a Sieb is a sieve.
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Re: sieb - colander and sieve

Colander - Seiher, Nudelsieb, or Salatsieb.
Sieve - Sieb.


Btw: Was ergibt sieben mal sieben? Feiner Sand.
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In English, there's a distinction between the word colander (for a metal bowl with relatively big drainage holes for draining vegetables) and a sieve (wire mesh). But I have the impression that Sieb tends to cover both of them equally well in German. Is that correct? e.g. say I was asking in a shop, what would be the best way to refer to them both? Thx.
Correct,at least in eastern Switzerland "Seiher" (colander) isn't used in everyday language (may be different in Germany). The distinction between Salatsieb (a colander) and Zuckersieb/Mehlsieb happens by the 1st noun of the compound, which describes the main usage.

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A sieve to make mashed potatoes is called Passiersieb, the mashing is called "passieren".
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A sieve to make mashed potatoes is called Passiersieb, the mashing is called "passieren".
A Passiersieb is normally called a Passe-Vite. Which is the trade mark name of the first such device: https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Passe-vite
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In English, there's a distinction between the word colander (for a metal bowl with relatively big drainage holes for draining vegetables) and a sieve (wire mesh). But I have the impression that Sieb tends to cover both of them equally well in German. Is that correct? e.g. say I was asking in a shop, what would be the best way to refer to them both? Thx.



If asking for a colander in a Swiss shop, then you can also use the word 'Löcherbecken' (literally translated: plastic basin with holes) or in dialect 'es Löcherbecki'
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