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[buh-loh-nee, -nuh, -lohn-yuh]
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  1. a large seasoned sausage made of finely ground meat, usually beef and pork, that has been cooked and smoked.
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Origin of bologna

1555–65; after Bologna, Italy
Also called bologna sausage.
Can be confusedbologna baloney


[buh-lohn-yuh; Italian baw-law-nyah]
  1. Gio·van·ni da [jee-uh-vah-nee duh; Italian jaw-vahn-nee dah] /ˌdʒi əˈvɑ ni də; Italian dʒɔˈvɑn ni dɑ/, Jean de BoulogneGiambologna, c1525–1608, Italian sculptor, born in France.
  2. a city in N Italy.
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  1. a city in N Italy, at the foot of the Apennines: became a free city in the Middle Ages; university (1088). Pop: 371 217 (2001)Ancient name: Bononia (bəˈnəʊnɪə)
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  1. Giovanni da Bologna See Giambologna
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Word Origin and History for bologna


1850, variant of bologna sausage (1590s), named for the city in Italy, whose name is from Latin Bononia, which either represents Gaulish bona "foundation, fortress," or Boii, the name of the Gaulish people who occupied the region 4c. B.C.E. Also see baloney.

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