[kahr-nee-tuhz; Spanish kahr-nee-tahs]
plural noun Mexican Cookery.
small or shredded pieces of crisp roast pork, eaten as a snack, used as a filling for burritos, etc.

< Mexican Spanish, plural of carnita, equivalent to Spanish carn(e) meat (< Latin carnem, accusative of carō flesh, meat) + -ita diminutive suffix Unabridged
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