noun, often capitalized
ka·​la·​ma·​ta | \ ˌkä-lə-ˈmä-tə How to pronounce kalamata (audio) , ˌka- \
variants: or less commonly

Definition of kalamata

: a brine-cured black olive grown in Greece

Examples of kalamata in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Experiment with different varieties: Greek kalamata and konservolia; Italian konservolia, Ligurian and Gaeta; Spanish arbequina, gordal and manzanilla; Turkish gemlike; Moroccan beldi; and French Niçoise and Nyons. Heather Fulbright, CNN, 3 Sep. 2021 Serve the turkey patties and cauliflower rice with Greek yogurt, fresh lemon wedges and kalamata olives. Rebecca White, Dallas News, 12 Jan. 2020 An appetizer that combined green olives and kalamata olives with roasted garlic, citrus zest and a touch of chili oil, was hot, sweet, tangy and irresistible. Rand Richards Cooper, courant.com, 25 Oct. 2019 Their menu also boasts take-and-bake pizzas ($12), as well as apps like bruschetta ($7) and tzatziki with toast points ($7, Greek yogurt, cucumbers, garlic, lemon juice, kalamata olives, feta, toasted sourdough). Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, 24 Oct. 2019 What to eat: At the lodge, the Greek Chicken pizza is a combination of basil pesto, feta, kalamata olives, artichoke hearts and chicken, or if that’s not your thing, there’s an entire range of burgers, salads or gluten-free offerings. Andre Meunier, oregonlive, 17 Oct. 2019 The chicken comes with a generous salad loaded with giant croutons, kalamata olives and ping pong ball-sized mozzarella orbs. Allyson Reedy, The Know, 1 Aug. 2019 Vats of olives — kalamata, green, and black — sit between one of his two slicers and a fridge filled with brie and blue cheese. Maria Cramer, BostonGlobe.com, 1 Aug. 2019 One brings a Mediterranean flair with roasted red peppers, kalamata olives and tarragon, and the other has subtle hints of Japan with ponzu and radishes. Emily Spicer, ExpressNews.com, 4 June 2019 See More

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First Known Use of kalamata

1978, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for kalamata

Kalamata, port in Greece

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“Kalamata.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kalamata. Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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