bor·​lot·​ti | \ ˌbȯr-ˈlä-tē How to pronounce borlotti (audio) \
variants: or borlotti bean
plural borlotti or borlotti beans also borlottis

Definition of borlotti

: cranberry bean This store stocks a great variety of dried beans, from borlotti to garbanzos.— David Rosengarten, Wine Spectator, 28 Feb. 1995 Ask for cannellini or borlotti beans. The latter are fat, round, pinkish-brown in colour.— Elizabeth David, Italian Food, 1974

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First Known Use of borlotti

1932, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for borlotti

borrowed from Italian, plural of borlotto, Tuscanized form of Upper Italian (Lombardy) borlòt, derivative of a phonesthemic base borl- denoting round objects (as in Ticino dialect borlott “haystack, ball of wool, small, plump person or animal”)

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“Borlotti.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Aug. 2020.

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