bir·​ria | \ ˈbir-ē-ˌä How to pronounce birria (audio) \
plural birrias

Definition of birria

: a Mexican dish of stewed meat seasoned with chili peppers Customers sometimes drive hours for its … lamb birria.— Janelle Brown, New York Times, 12 Mar. 2003 The cups of mescal had been emptied a while when the juice of the birria boiled over and sizzled on the hot coals of the cooking fire.— John Duncklee, Bull by the Tale, 2006

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First Known Use of birria

1960, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for birria

borrowed from Mexican Spanish

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“Birria.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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