[chuh-bah-tuh; Italian chah-baht-tah]
a slightly flattened Italian yeast bread made with olive oil and having large air pockets within.
Origin of ciabatta
1985-90; < Italian: literally, slipper
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a type of open-textured bread made with olive oil
Word Origin for ciabatta
C20: from Italian, literally: slipper
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type of Italian bread, c.1990, from Italian ciabatta, literally "carpet slipper," so called for its shape; from the same source that produced French sabot, Spanish zapata (see sabotage (n.)).
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