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  1. salted ham that has been cured by drying, always sliced paper-thin for serving.
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Origin of prosciutto

1935–40; < Italian prosciutto, earlier presciutto < Vulgar Latin *perexsuctus all dried up, equivalent to Latin per- per- + exsuctus lacking juice
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British Dictionary definitions for prosciutto


  1. cured ham from Italy: usually served as an hors d'oeuvre
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Word Origin

Italian, literally: dried beforehand, from pro- pre- + asciutto dried
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Word Origin and History for prosciutto


Italian spiced ham, 1911, from Italian, alteration (probably by influence of prosciugato "dried") of presciutto, from pre-, intensive prefix + -sciutto, from Latin exsuctus "lacking juice, dried up," past participle of exsugere "suck out, draw out moisture," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + sugere "to suck" (see sup (v.2)).

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