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pesto

[pes-toh] /ˈpɛs toʊ/
noun, Italian Cookery.
1.
a sauce typically made with basil, pine nuts, olive oil, and grated Parmesan blended together and served hot or cold over pasta, fish, or meat.
Origin
Genoese dialect
1935-1940
1935-40; < Upper Italian (compare Genoese dialect pésto pesto), Italian: noun derivative of pestare to pound, crush; see piste, pestle
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pesto

/ˈpɛstəʊ/
noun
1.
a sauce for pasta, consisting of basil leaves, pine nuts, garlic, oil, and Parmesan cheese, all crushed together
Word Origin
Italian, shortened form of pestato, past participle of pestare to pound, crush
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Word Origin and History for pesti

pesto

n.

olive oil-based pasta sauce, 1937, from Italian pesto, contracted form of pestato, past participle of pestare "to pound, to crush," in reference to the crushed herbs and garlic in it, from Latin root of pestle.

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