ol·​la | \ ˈä-lə How to pronounce olla (audio) , ˈȯi-ə How to pronounce olla (audio) \

Definition of olla

: a large bulging widemouthed earthenware vessel sometimes with looped handles used (as by Pueblo Indians) for storage, cooking, or as a container for water

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Examples of olla in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Summer squash grows well with an olla or in a self-watering container. Christopher Michel, Country Living, 18 July 2022 The Monterey Park restaurant offers all of this and more: a massive new torta ahogada, as well as cafe de olla. Stephanie Breijo, Los Angeles Times, 24 May 2022 Osorio makes café de olla for herself and Vanesa Ramirez, 53. Laura Garcia, San Antonio Express-News, 20 Apr. 2022 Think Cuba’s cafecito or cortado, Mexico’s café de olla, Puerto Rico’s café con leche, and even new fusions like a horchata latte. Vulture, 9 Oct. 2021 Fluid serves a cafe de olla, the traditional Mexican coffee drink brewed in a clay pot, in homage to Tapia’s heritage, and a calamansi drink, a nod to Ty’s Filipino roots. Elena Kadvany, San Francisco Chronicle, 3 Aug. 2021 Sugary, strong and spiced, cafe de olla is a perfect pairing for cold weather. Claire Ballor, Dallas News, 20 Oct. 2020 The cafe offers regular and nitro cold brew at 12, 16 and 24 ounce, with theoption to add in a cafe de olla — a blend of ground sugar, cinnamon, star anise, and cloves. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, The Arizona Republic, 17 Aug. 2020 All this while donning the most adorable aprons, just like my mother used to, and making a delicious pot of café de olla, traditional Mexican coffee, to start off. Sonia Ramirez, Houston Chronicle, 26 June 2020 See More

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First Known Use of olla

1535, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for olla

Spanish, from Latin olla, aulla pot; akin to Sanskrit ukhā pot and probably to Goth auhns oven

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24 Jul 2022

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“Olla.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/olla. Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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