arepa

noun
are·​pa | \ə-ˈrā-pə \

Definition of arepa 

: a usually grilled cornmeal cake served in Latin American cuisine

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Guests are most likely to order the arepa llanera and chicha drink, although de Grazia’s favorite is the plantains with lomo saltado. Nancy Dahlberg, miamiherald, "The odds are stacked against success stories like these," 10 June 2018 Cubans on the Run: As the name suggests, this to-go restaurant serves a variety of Cuban sandwiches along with other Latin handhelds, such as empanadas, papa rellenas and arepas. Michael Candelaria, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Casselberry Neighborhood Guide," 21 June 2018 Nothing Costa Rican, but Salvadorean or Honduran is very similar with tamales and arepas. Michelle Kaufman, miamiherald, "Meet South Florida's World Cup fans: Group E," 31 May 2018 The black bean arepa can be made vegan by substituting avocado puree. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Pop-up Arepera MKE to sell arepas for lunch at Amilinda," 7 May 2018 The latter is a traditional burger with red onion, a cilantro jalepeno lime aioli and chicarrones inside a cheese arepa. Jordan Mcpherson, miamiherald, "If you plan to see the Marlins’ on Opening Day, here’s what you need to know | Miami Herald," 28 Mar. 2018 Bar food includes arepas, a chicken schnitzel sandwich and shrimp escabeche (Wednesday): 23 Lexington Avenue (23rd Street), freehandhotels.com. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, "Korean Food Under a Japanese Influence, at the Bari," 8 May 2018 My beef shawarma bowl and soda cost $16.50, but the market’s 18 food vendors also offer $2 pizza slices, arepas and an $8 heap of fried chicken served in a waffle cone. Anne Kadet, WSJ, "This New York City Subway Station Gets Rave Reviews," 1 May 2018 Since Mi Parrillita opened, the food — recipes from Chavéz’s mother like an arepa with chicken or sauteed steak with onions, cilantro and tomatoes with a sauce that soaks into rice and french fries— have garnered rave reviews. Gabrielle Russon, OrlandoSentinel.com, "In Disney's shadow, immigrants juggle running food truck with cleaning houses," 5 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of arepa

1810, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for arepa

American Spanish, probably from Cumaná (Cariban language of the Venezuela coast) erepa corn, cornmeal cake, or from a cognate Cariban form

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