Definition of alpiste in English:

alpiste

(also alpist)

noun

rare
  • More fully alpiste seed. The seed of the canary grass, Phalaris canariensis, fed to cage birds; (occasionally also) any of several other grass seeds of similar appearance or use.

Origin

Late 16th century; earliest use found in John Gerard (c1545–1612), herbalist. From French alpiste from Spanish alpiste from Spanish Arabic al-bišṭ from al the + bišṭ seed of the canary grass from post-classical Latin pistum (636 in Isidore), probably a specific use of classical Latin pistum.

Pronunciation

alpiste

/alˈpiːst//ˈalpɪst/