Main definitions of pitta in English

: pitta1pitta2

pitta1

noun

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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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).’
    • ‘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

/ˈpidə/

Main definitions of pitta in English

: pitta1pitta2

pitta2

noun

  • variant spelling of pita

Pronunciation:

pitta

/ˈpidə/