pita

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[ pee-tuh ]
/ ˈpi tə /
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noun

a fiber obtained from plants of the genera Agave, Aechmea, etc., used for cordage, mats, etc.
any of these plants.

Origin of pita

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1690–1700; < American Spanish < Quechua pita or Aymara p’ita

Definition for pita (2 of 2)

pita

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[ pee-tah, -tuh ]
/ ˈpi tɑ, -tə /

noun

a round, flat Middle Eastern bread that is often filled with meat, peppers, etc., to make a sandwich.

Origin of pita

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1950–55, Americanism; < Modern Greek pētta, pitta bread, cake, pie
Also called pita bread.
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British Dictionary definitions for pita

pita

/ (ˈpiːtə) /

noun

any of several agave plants yielding a strong fibreSee also istle
a species of pineapple, Ananas magdalenae, the leaves of which yield a white fibre
Also called: pita fibre the fibre obtained from any of these plants, used in making cordage and paper

Word Origin for pita

C17: via Spanish from Quechua
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Word Origin and History for pita

pita


n.

"thick, flat bread," 1951, from Modern Hebrew pita or Modern Greek petta "bread," perhaps from Greek peptos "cooked," or somehow connected to pizza (q.v.).

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