Main definitions of pitta in English

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pitta1

noun

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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The fairy pitta is one of the most precious birds in Linnei Township and is listed as a critically endangered species.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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’.’
    • ‘Asities' closest relatives are actually pittas and broadbills (Eurylaimidae).’

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

pitta

/ˈpɪtə/

Main definitions of pitta in English

: pitta1pitta2

pitta2

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

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

pitta

/ˈpɪtə/