[pah-ey-luh, -eyl-yuh, pah-yel-uh; Spanish pah-e-lyah, -e-yah]
a Spanish dish prepared by simmering together chicken, seafood, rice, vegetables, and saffron and other seasonings.
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Origin of paella
1890–95; < Spanish < Catalan: literally, frying pan, pot < Middle French paella < Latin patella pan. See patella.
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noun plural -las (-ləz, Spanish -ʎas)
a Spanish dish made from rice, shellfish, chicken, and vegetables
the large flat frying pan in which a paella is cooked
Word Origin for paella
from Catalan, from Old French paelle, from Latin patella small pan
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1892, from Catalan paella, from Old French paele "cooking or frying pan" (Modern French poêle), from Latin patella "pan, dish" (see pail). So called for the pan in which it is cooked.
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