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 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 Previous winning restaurants display an olla (pot) in their establishments around the neighborhood. Ita Tsai, chicagotribune.com, 23 May 2018 Based in biochar, this olla pot allows you to add water just once a week. Sunset, 22 Jan. 2018 In between the foliage, hammered tin landscapes and handmade terracotta ollas recall Mexico without shouting it. Ben Waterhouse, OregonLive.com, 19 Dec. 2017 The olla for the beans stayed up on the top shelf, gathering dust. Alejandra Borunda, Bon Appetit, 2 Oct. 2017 Organic vegetable garden VCE Master Gardeners answer questions about tending a summer garden, square-foot gardening, veggies in containers and irrigation ollas. Washington Post, 7 June 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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“Olla.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/olla. Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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