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carnitas

[kahr-nee-tuh z; Spanish kahr-nee-tahs] /kɑrˈni təz; Spanish kɑrˈni tɑs/
plural noun, Mexican Cookery.
1.
small or shredded pieces of crisp roast pork, eaten as a snack, used as a filling for burritos, etc.
Origin
< Mexican Spanish, plural of carnita, equivalent to Spanish carn(e) meat (< Latin carnem, accusative of carō flesh, meat) + -ita diminutive suffix
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Contemporary definitions for carnita
noun

a Mexican dish of browned shredded tenderized pork, served with salsa and sometimes is the filling for burritos, tacos, or tamales

Word Origin

Mexican for 'little meats'

Usage Note

cooking

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