pancetta

[ pan-chet-uh ]
/ pænˈtʃɛt ə /

noun

Italian pork belly cured with salt, pepper, and other spices and air-dried up to four months, tightly rolled in a cylinder.

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Origin of pancetta

First recorded in1950–55; from Italian: literally, “little belly,” diminutive of pancia “belly, paunch,” from Latin pantic- (stem of pantex ) “belly, paunch, guts” + -etta diminutive suffix (cf. -ette)
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Example sentences from the Web for pancetta

  • Clams, which taste incredibly good simply steamed, are made even better with the addition of pancetta, or Italian bacon.

    What to Eat|Cookstr.com|August 25, 2009|DAILY BEAST

British Dictionary definitions for pancetta

pancetta
/ (pænˈtʃɛtə, Italian panˈtʃetta) /

noun

a lightly spiced cured bacon from Italy

Word Origin for pancetta

Italian, literally: little belly
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