caponata

[ kap-uh-nah-tuh ]
/ ˌkæp əˈnɑ tə /

noun

a spread of chopped eggplant, tomatoes, onions, and capers, and sometimes pine nuts, anchovies, and olives, cooked in olive oil.

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Origin of caponata

First recorded in 1930-35; from Italian caponata, capponata, earlier Sicilian dialect capunata “sailor's salad of stale bread or hardtack soaked with oil, vinegar, and minced vegetables,” from Italian cappone, capon (from Latin cāpō-, stem of cāpō “castrated cock”) + -ata (from Latin -āta ); see origin at capon, -ade1
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British Dictionary definitions for caponata

caponata
/ (ˌkæpəˈnɑːtə) /

noun

(in Sicilian cookery) a dish of fried seasoned aubergine and other vegetables, served as an appetizer

Word Origin for caponata

Italian
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