One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A utensil for chopping herbs, vegetables, etc., with a semi-circular blade and a handle at each end.
- ‘Finely chop the leaves, preferably with a mezzaluna, so that they almost become powder-like.’
- ‘I would say the mezzaluna [two-handled chopping knife], because a sharp blade is always useful to have around.’
- ‘Alvarado has the lid of a tin of tomatoes and is using that as a mezzaluna to cut the vegetables since prisoners are not allowed to have knives.’
1950s: from Italian, literally ‘half moon’.
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