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[tawr-tee-uh; Spanish tawr-tee-yah] /tɔrˈti ə; Spanish tɔrˈti yɑ/
noun, plural tortillas
[tawr-tee-uh z; Spanish tawr-tee-yahs] /tɔrˈti əz; Spanish tɔrˈti yɑs/ (Show IPA).
Mexican Cookery.
a thin, round, unleavened bread prepared from cornmeal or sometimes wheat flour, baked on a flat plate of iron, earthenware, or the like.
Origin of tortilla
1690-1700; < Spanish, equivalent to tort(a) cake (see torte) + -illa diminutive suffix < Latin -ella Unabridged
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  • Stephens, instead of giving a direct answer, made play with the tortilla and the stew.

    Lone Pine R. B. (Richard Baxter) Townshend
  • The tortilla is said to be the most nutritious of all foods prepared from maize.

    On the Mexican Highlands William Seymour Edwards
  • It may be explained that the tortilla (pronounced torteeya) is the most common article of food in Mexico.

    A Journey in Southeastern Mexico Henry Howard Harper
  • A few beans, a tortilla, is all the food they have, and often not even that.

  • The tortilla is then patted out into the form of a thin pancake and baked in an earthenware dish, or casuela.

    Mexico Charles Reginald Enock
British Dictionary definitions for tortilla


(Mexican cookery) a kind of thin pancake made from corn meal and cooked on a hot griddle until dry
Word Origin
C17: from Spanish: a little cake, from torta a round cake, from Late Latin; see torte
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Word Origin and History for tortilla

1690s, from American Spanish tortilla, from Spanish, "a tart," literally "a little cake," diminutive of torta "cake," from Late Latin torta "flat cake" (see torte).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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