[pah-ey-luh, -eyl-yuh, pah-yel-uh; Spanish pah-e-lyah, -e-yah]
a Spanish dish prepared by simmering together chicken, seafood, rice, vegetables, and saffron and other seasonings.

1890–95; < Spanish < Catalan: literally, frying pan, pot < Middle French paella < Latin patella pan. See patella. Unabridged
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paella (paɪˈɛlə, Spanish paˈeʎa)
n , pl -las
1.  a Spanish dish made from rice, shellfish, chicken, and vegetables
2.  the large flat frying pan in which a paella is cooked
[from Catalan, from Old French paelle, from Latin patella small pan]

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in Spanish cuisine, a dish of saffron-flavoured rice cooked with meats, seafood, and vegetables. Originating in the rice-growing areas on Spain's Mediterranean coast, the dish is especially associated with the region of Valencia. Paella takes its name from the paellera, the utensil in which it is cooked, a flat round pan with two handles; paella is traditionally eaten from the pan

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Example sentences
Yet that duality allows diners to begin meals with quesadillas and follow them
  with paella, moving from continent to continent.
He's been decorated with more medals and honors than paella has grains of rice.
For paella or rice deserts, use medium-grain or short-grain rice.
The paella, a dish that elsewhere often disappoints, is as beautiful to look at
  in its pan as it is to eat.
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