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mortadella

[ mawr-tuh-del-uh ]
/ ˌmɔr təˈdɛl ə /
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noun

a large Italian sausage of pork, beef, and pork fat chopped fine, seasoned with garlic and pepper, cooked, and smoked.

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Origin of mortadella

1605–15; <Italian <Latin murtāt(um) sausage seasoned with myrtle (murt(um) myrtle-berry + -ātum, neuter of -ātus-ate1) + -ella diminutive suffix
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