One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Now especially in some Latin American countries: a structure resembling a metal grid used as an instrument of torture, to which the victim is secured to be electrocuted or (formerly) burned.
2A dish consisting of a variety of grilled meats; a mixed grill.
3A (usually outdoor) grill used to cook such a dish; a barbecue.
4A restaurant specializing in Argentinian-style grilled meats.
Mid 19th century. From Spanish parrilla grill, instrument of torture, grill restaurant from parra artificially supported vine + -illa, so called on account of resemblance to the shape of the trellis on which vines grow.
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