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carbonara

[kahr-buh-nahr-uh; Italian kahr-baw-nah-rah] /ˌkɑr bəˈnɑr ə; Italian ˌkɑr bɔˈnɑ rɑ/
noun, Italian Cookery.
1.
a sauce or dressing for spaghetti, usually containing minced prosciutto or pancetta, egg yolks, and grated cheese.
Origin of carbonara
dialectal Italian
1960-1965
1960-65; < dialectal Italian (alla) carbonara literally, in the manner of the charcoal pit (compare Late Latin carbonaria brazier; see Carbonari); perhaps in reference to the use of leftover grilled meat in the sauce
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