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[kahr-nee-tuh z; Spanish kahr-nee-tahs] /kɑrˈni təz; Spanish kɑrˈni tɑs/
plural noun, Mexican Cookery.
small or shredded pieces of crisp roast pork, eaten as a snack, used as a filling for burritos, etc.
Origin of carnitas
< Mexican Spanish, plural of carnita, equivalent to Spanish carn(e) meat (< Latin carnem, accusative of carō flesh, meat) + -ita diminutive suffix Unabridged
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  • I stepped into the nearest burrito joint and ordered one with carnitas -- shredded pork -- and extra salsa.

    Little Brother

    Cory Doctorow
Contemporary definitions for carnitas

a Mexican dish of browned shredded tenderized pork, served with salsa and sometimes is the filling for burritos, tacos, or tamales

Word Origin

Mexican for 'little meats'

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