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polenta

[ poh-len-tuh ]
/ poʊˈlɛn tə /
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noun
(in Italian cooking) a dish made from coarsely ground yellow corn boiled to a thick consistency and then often cooled and baked, seasoned, and usually served with any of various sauces, toppings, or garnishes: This recipe for creamy polenta with roasted cherry tomatoes and spinach is cheesy, filling, and flavorful.Compare grits (def. 1).
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Origin of polenta

First recorded before 1000; from Middle English pol(l)enta “fine meal; porridge made of fine meal,” Old English polente “parched grain or meal,” from Latin polenta “hulled, crushed grain; barley meal”; reborrowed in the 18th century from Italian polenta “kind of dish made of refined corn (or other) meal”
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British Dictionary definitions for polenta

polenta
/ (pəʊˈlɛntə) /

noun
a thick porridge made in Italy, usually from maize

Word Origin for polenta

C16: via Italian from Latin: pearl barley, perhaps from Greek palē pollen
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