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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Origin and Etymology of 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”)
First Known Use: 1932See Words from the same year
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