Main definitions of pitta in US English:

: pitta1pitta2

pitta1

noun

  • British spelling of pita

Pronunciation

pitta

/ˈpidə//ˈpɪdə/

Main definitions of pitta in US English:

: pitta1pitta2

pitta2

noun

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

    Family Pittidae and genus Pitta: many 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

pitta

/ˈpidə//ˈpɪdə/