One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A thick mixture of flour, water, and yeast that is allowed to ferment for some time before being combined with fresh dough to make bread, used especially in Italian baking.‘the cooking time is about 90 minutes, plus at least 15 hours to chill the biga and let the dough rise’
A two-horsed chariot.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in Philemon Holland (1552–1637), translator. From classical Latin bīga pair of horses (or other animals) or a chariot drawn by them, singular form formed after bīgae (plural), contraction of biiugae (only recorded in grammarians), use as noun (short for biiugae equae mares harnessed four abreast) of feminine plural of biiugus yoked in pairs, (of a chariot) drawn by a pair of horses from bi- + iugum yoke.
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