Main definitions of pitta in English

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pitta1

(North American pita) (also pitta bread)

noun

mass noun
  • Flat, hollow, slightly leavened bread which can be split open to hold a filling.

    ‘low-calorie starters include tzatziki with a little pitta’
    count noun ‘flat pitta breads make perfect sandwiches’
    • ‘I could eat it three times a week, given an ample supply of pita bread, and I blush to say I have.’
    • ‘The main part of my diet consists of fish and meat, such as the traditional souvlaki meat eaten in pita bread.’
    • ‘One of the main Arab dishes is called hummus, which is ground chickpeas and garlic with spices served with flat pita bread.’
    • ‘The first dish to arrive was a simple plate of pita bread and hummus.’
    • ‘I also fail to understand why Mediterraneo's pita bread can't be fresher.’
    • ‘Toast pita bread in a 350 F oven until dry and crisp, about 15 minutes.’
    • ‘We had the wine, the sparkling water, the started salad, the starter garlic pita bread and then pizzas all round.’
    • ‘What of the man balancing a four-foot-long flat of pita on his head as he swims through all these vibrant people?’
    • ‘Try pinto beans with chickpea hummus on pita bread, or a black bean soup.’
    • ‘No one will thank you for that mean little tub of hummus and packet of pitta bread you bought at the corner shop.’
    • ‘All the bread they use, from pita to the crust of Turkish pizza, is baked fresh in a traditional clay oven.’
    • ‘The store offers either pita bread or Italian focaccia stuffed with beef, chicken or tuna.’
    • ‘You can even try a low-fat tortilla or pita bread instead.’
    • ‘The pita bread that accompanied it was sheer perfection - toasty, fresh, firm.’
    • ‘I like real food; pitta bread not garlic pitta bread.’
    • ‘Tea and wheat products such as chapattis or pitta bread adversely affect iron absorption’
    • ‘This of course is mopped up with hot fresh pita bread that is brought in every half hour from the bakery up the street.’
    • ‘Everyone guffawed as they swiped the small bowls before them with triangles of pita bread.’
    • ‘Try a biscuit crust, tortillas, flatbread such as pita, bun halves or a baguette cut in half lengthwise as bases for pizza toppings.’
    • ‘For dinner, all I had was pita bread, hummus, spinach and a lovely glass of Merlot.’

Origin

Modern Greek, literally ‘cake or pie’; compare with Turkish pide, in a similar sense.

Pronunciation

pitta

/ˈpɪtə/

Main definitions of pitta in English

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pitta2

noun

  • A small ground-dwelling bird with brightly coloured plumage and a very short tail, found in the Old World tropics.

    Family Pittidae and genus Pitta: many species

    • ‘Pittas and broadbills are found primarily in southern and southeastern Asia, but a small number of species from both groups are found in Africa, and two species of pittas have reached Australia from the north.’
    • ‘Asities' closest relatives are actually pittas and broadbills (Eurylaimidae).’
    • ‘The fairy pitta is one of the most precious birds in Linnei Township and is listed as a critically endangered species.’
    • ‘Yen Jen-te, director of the research institute, showed Goodall videotapes of the reintroduction of the fairy pitta, known in Chinese as the ‘eight-color bird’.’
    • ‘Even though pittas are often very brightly colored, the color is usually located either on their undersides or on areas that can be covered when the wings are folded.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: from Telugu piṭṭa ‘(young) bird’.

Pronunciation

pitta

/ˈpɪtə/