[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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Main Entry:  carnitas
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  a Mexican dish of browned shredded tenderized pork, served with salsa and sometimes is the filling for burritos, tacos, or tamales
Etymology:  Mexican for 'little meats'
Usage:  cooking's 21st Century Lexicon
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Example sentences
Carnitas were the only food item reported to have been eaten by all the patients.
The menu offers small plate items such as carnitas tacos, corn chowder and squash blossom quesadillas.
Cooked carnitas were then chopped, shredded into smaller pieces, and placed in a hot holding tray on top of the meat cooler.
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