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[kah-chuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee]
adjective Italian Cookery.
  1. prepared with or containing tomatoes, mushrooms, herbs, and other seasonings: chicken cacciatore.
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Also cac·cia·to·ra [kah-chuh-tawr-uh, -tohr-uh] /ˌkɑ tʃəˈtɔr ə, -ˈtoʊr ə/.

Origin of cacciatore

1940–45; short for Italian alla cacciatora in the manner of hunters; cacciatora, feminine derivative of cacciatore hunter, equivalent to cacci(a) caccia + -atore -ator
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  • This is the old Cacciatore seismometer which has been long employed in Italy.

  • About ten o'clock appear Il Cacciatore's two dogs, mother and son.


    Axel Munthe

British Dictionary definitions for cacciatore



  1. (immediately postpositive) prepared with tomatoes, mushrooms, herbs, and other seasonings
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Word Origin

Italian, literally: hunter
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Word Origin and History for cacciatore


by 1973, from Italian, literally "hunter," from past participle of cacciare "to hunt, chase" (see chase (v.)).

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