pita bread


2 [pee-tah, -tuh]
a round, flat Middle Eastern bread that is often filled with meat, peppers, etc., to make a sandwich.
Also called pita bread.

1950–55, Americanism; < Modern Greek pētta, pitta bread, cake, pie

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pita (ˈpiːtə)
1.  See also istle any of several agave plants yielding a strong fibre
2.  a species of pineapple, Ananas magdalenae, the leaves of which yield a white fibre
3.  Also called: pita fibre the fibre obtained from any of these plants, used in making cordage and paper
[C17: via Spanish from Quechua]

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Word Origin & History

"thick, flat bread," 1951, from Modern Heb. pita or Modern Gk. petta "bread," perhaps from Gk. peptos "cooked," or somehow connected to pizza (q.v.).
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