Definition of barilla in English:

barilla

noun

  • An impure alkali formerly made from the ashes of burned plants, especially saltworts.

    • ‘To make matters worse at the time he succeeded to the ownership of Barra, the Government reduced the duty on imported barilla, knocking out the prop which kept the kelping industry afloat.’
    • ‘Halogeton sativus is one of the plants from which barilla was made.’
    • ‘Their ash (sometimes called barilla, the common name for one of them, Salsola soda) was used in the production of glass; hence the name ‘glasswort’.’

Origin

Early 17th century: from Spanish barrilla, diminutive of barra ‘bar’.

Pronunciation

barilla

/-ˈrēə/