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carnitas

[kahr-nee-tuh z; Spanish kahr-nee-tahs]
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plural noun Mexican Cookery.
  1. small or shredded pieces of crisp roast pork, eaten as a snack, used as a filling for burritos, etc.
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Origin of carnitas

< Mexican Spanish, plural of carnita, equivalent to Spanish carn(e) meat (< Latin carnem, accusative of carō flesh, meat) + -ita diminutive suffix
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  • I stepped into the nearest burrito joint and ordered one with carnitas -- shredded pork -- and extra salsa.

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    Cory Doctorow