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 For the beginning, La Bohemia has a small menu with coffee, espresso, cafe de olla and Mexican mocha. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, The Arizona Republic, "Here's what to expect at this new Phoenix cafe inspired by Mexico City's coffee culture," 27 June 2020 Lemus and Chávez got one last month while walking down a nearby block of First Street, drinking cafe de olla from polystyrene cups. Erick Galindo, New York Times, "‘Gentefied’ Asks, Can a Show About Gentrification Be Funny?," 20 Feb. 2020 The menu includes coffee from Passion House Coffee Roasters, a full espresso bar, tea, Mexican drinks like cafe de olla and Mexican hot chocolate. Grace Wong, chicagotribune.com, "Cozy coffee shop with a walk-up window opens in Logan Square, plus more Chicago restaurant news," 30 Oct. 2019 Haga un atadillo de hierbas atando las hojas de puerro, las ramitas de perejil, las ramitas de tomillo y la hoja de laurel y añádalo a la olla. Russ Parsons, latimes.com, "Camarones con salsa de aguacate," 16 June 2019 Previous winning restaurants display an olla (pot) in their establishments around the neighborhood. Ita Tsai, chicagotribune.com, "Mole de Mayo Festival, a celebration of Mexican cuisine this weekend in Pilsen," 23 May 2018 Based in biochar, this olla pot allows you to add water just once a week. Sunset, "10 Self-Watering Pots to Save Time & Precious Resources," 22 Jan. 2018 In between the foliage, hammered tin landscapes and handmade terracotta ollas recall Mexico without shouting it. Ben Waterhouse, OregonLive.com, "Portland's 2017 Rising Star restaurant: Guero," 19 Dec. 2017 The olla for the beans stayed up on the top shelf, gathering dust. Alejandra Borunda, Bon Appetit, "How Nopalito Helped Me Rediscover My Family's Food," 2 Oct. 2017

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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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29 Jun 2020

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“Olla.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/olla. Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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