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

Origin of pita

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


[pee-tah, -tuh]


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

Origin of pita

1950–55, Americanism; < Modern Greek pētta, pitta bread, cake, pie
Also called pita bread.
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Contemporary Examples of pita

Historical Examples of pita

  • The only sign of industry in Archidona is the manufacture of pita thread from the aloe.

  • "Pita ya maji tayiari," said Sanguiki coming from the new-made water trail.

    The Leopard Woman

    Stewart Edward White

  • The Zoques make from the ixtle and pita thread and superior hammocks, in which they have quite a trade.

  • She brought also several other articles—a lasso, some cords of the pita, and a couple of knives.

    The Boy Hunters

    Captain Mayne Reid

  • These are laced together by cords of the “pita” aloe; but the interstices between are left open, so as freely to admit the breeze.

    The Rifle Rangers

    Captain Mayne Reid

British Dictionary definitions for pita



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

"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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