tortilla

[ tawr-tee-uh; Spanish tawr-tee-yah ]
/ tɔrˈti ə; Spanish tɔrˈti yɑ /
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noun, plural tor·til·las [tawr-tee-uh z; Spanish tawr-tee-yahs] /tɔrˈti əz; Spanish tɔrˈti yɑs/. Mexican Cookery.

a thin, round, unleavened bread prepared from cornmeal or sometimes wheat flour, baked on a flat plate of iron, earthenware, or the like.

Origin of tortilla

1690–1700; < Spanish, equivalent to tort(a) cake (see torte) + -illa diminutive suffix < Latin -ella
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tortilla

/ (tɔːˈtiːə) /

noun

Mexican cookery a kind of thin pancake made from corn meal and cooked on a hot griddle until dry

Word Origin for tortilla

C17: from Spanish: a little cake, from torta a round cake, from Late Latin; see torte
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Word Origin and History for tortilla

tortilla


n.

1690s, from American Spanish tortilla, from Spanish, "a tart," literally "a little cake," diminutive of torta "cake," from Late Latin torta "flat cake" (see torte).

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