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pitta

[pit-uh]
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noun
  1. any of several brilliantly colored, passerine birds of the family Pittidae, inhabiting dark, Old World, tropical forests.
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Origin of pitta

First recorded in 1830–40, pitta is from the Telugu word piṭṭa bird
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pitta1

noun
  1. another name for pitta bread
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pitta2

noun
  1. any of various small brightly coloured ground-dwelling tropical birds of the genus Pitta
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Word Origin

C19: from Telugu
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