One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Lettuce of a variety with crinkled red-edged leaves.
- ‘They include automatic defrost functions, but are not totally frost-free, which means that paying that bit extra for a fridge might just ensure your lollo rosso wilts less.’
- ‘So edible peas and beans will replace sweet peas, lollo rosso will replace lobelia and everything will literally look good enough to eat.’
1980s: Italian, from lollo ‘curly-leafed lettuce’ (apparently from La Lollo, nickname of the Italian actress Gina Lollobrigida, with reference to her short, tousled hairstyle) + rosso ‘red’.
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