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polenta

[poh-len-tuh] /poʊˈlɛn tə/
noun
1.
(especially in Italian cooking) a thick mush of cornmeal.
Origin
1555-1565
1555-65; < Italian < Latin: hulled and crushed grain, especially barley
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British Dictionary definitions for polentas

polenta

/pəʊˈlɛntə/
noun
1.
a thick porridge made in Italy, usually from maize
Word Origin
C16: via Italian from Latin: pearl barley, perhaps from Greek palē pollen
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Word Origin and History for polentas

polenta

n.

Old English polente, from Latin pollenta, polenta, literally "peeled barley," related to pollen "fine flour," from Proto-Indo-European *pel- (1) "flour; dust" (see pollen). Later reborrowed from Italian polenta, from the Latin word.

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Encyclopedia Article for polentas

polenta

a porridge or mush usually made of ground corn (maize) cooked in salted water. Cheese and butter or oil are often added. Polenta can be eaten hot or cold as a porridge; or it can be cooled until firm, cut into shapes, and then baked, toasted, panfried, or deep-fried. It is a traditional food of northern Italy, especially the Piedmont region, and of Corsica, where chestnut flour is used in place of cornmeal. Polenta is also sometimes made from barley meal

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