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[pawr-tuh-bel-oh, pohr-] /ˌpɔr təˈbɛl oʊ, ˌpoʊr-/
noun, plural portobellos.


[pawr-toh-bel-oh, pohr-] /ˌpɔr toʊˈbɛl oʊ, ˌpoʊr-/
a small seaport on the Caribbean coast of Panama, NE of Colón: harbor discovered and named by Columbus 1502; a principal city of Spanish colonial America. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for portobello
  • Signature dishes include cheese fritters and flame-grilled portobello mushroom salad.
  • Starters include nori rolls and hummus, salads and sandwiches, including tofu panini and portobello panini.
  • Brush portobello mushroom caps lightly with oil and then sprinkle them with salt and pepper.
  • The cultivated white button mushrooms and portobello mushrooms that are sold in supermarkets are typical examples.
Word Origin and History for portobello

type of mushroom, by 1986, no agreed-upon theory accounts for the name, which seems to be a marketing coinage. London's Portobello Road (one suggested source of the mushroom name) originally was the lane to Porto Bello House, named for the Panamanian place captured by the British under Vernon in 1739.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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