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[pee-tuh] /ˈpi tə/
a fiber obtained from plants of the genera Agave, Aechmea, etc., used for cordage, mats, etc.
any of these plants.
Origin of pita1
1690-1700; < American Spanish < Quechua pita or Aymara p’ita


[pee-tah, -tuh] /ˈpi tɑ, -tə/
a round, flat Middle Eastern bread that is often filled with meat, peppers, etc., to make a sandwich.
Also called pita bread.
1950-55, Americanism; < Modern Greek pētta, pitta bread, cake, pie Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The only sign of industry in Archidona is the manufacture of pita thread from the aloe.

  • "pita ya maji tayiari," said Sanguiki coming from the new-made water trail.

    The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White
  • The Zoques make from the ixtle and pita thread and superior hammocks, in which they have quite a trade.

  • She brought also several other articles—a lasso, some cords of the pita, and a couple of knives.

    The Boy Hunters Captain Mayne Reid
  • These are laced together by cords of the “pita” aloe; but the interstices between are left open, so as freely to admit the breeze.

    The Rifle Rangers Captain Mayne Reid
  • The sides were formed of bamboos, closely picketed, and laced together by fibres of the pita.

    The Rifle Rangers Captain Mayne Reid
British Dictionary definitions for pita


any of several agave plants yielding a strong fibre See also istle
a species of pineapple, Ananas magdalenae, the leaves of which yield a white fibre
Also called pita fibre. the fibre obtained from any of these plants, used in making cordage and paper
Word Origin
C17: via Spanish from Quechua
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Word Origin and History for pita

"thick, flat bread," 1951, from Modern Hebrew pita or Modern Greek petta "bread," perhaps from Greek peptos "cooked," or somehow connected to pizza (q.v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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