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

Word History


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

1932, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of borlotti was in 1932

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“Borlotti.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

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