po·​len·​ta | \ pō-ˈlen-tə How to pronounce polenta (audio) , pə-, -ˌtä \

Definition of polenta

: mush made of chestnut meal, cornmeal, semolina, or farina

Examples of polenta in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Popular starters include the Cuscuz Paulista with corn polenta, quail eggs and Santa Barbara sea urchin; Casquinha de siri with crab meat; and the Steak tartare Angus with black tucupi mayo and cured yolks. Chelsea Davis, Forbes, 15 Apr. 2022 For the mains, there’s Scarborough Woof – a local fish – with peas and pak choi or a Cutlet of Venison, served with polenta and foraged funghi. Angelina Villa-clarke, Forbes, 25 Mar. 2022 Close behind on that arc of disappointment came a starter of shrimp with polenta that promised a progressive take on shrimp and grits with leeks, lemon and sage. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, 10 Mar. 2022 It's served with a stack of thick crispy Parmesan polenta fries. Cheryl V. Jackson, The Indianapolis Star, 7 Jan. 2022 World Wednesday — when Veldheer serves dishes such as chicken tikka masala and Italian polenta. Washington Post, 14 Jan. 2022 If starting your morning with something sweet leads to bonking, try polenta. Aleta Burchyski, Outside Online, 31 May 2021 To reheat the polenta, add it to a saucepan over medium-low heat with additional water or stock, whisking to smooth it out, until hot. Washington Post, 14 Jan. 2022 The polenta could have been creamier and a little less chunky, but the shrimp was on point. Andi Berlin, The Arizona Republic, 11 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of polenta

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for polenta

Italian, from Latin, crushed and hulled barley; akin to Latin pollen fine flour

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“Polenta.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/polenta. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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Polenta biographical name

Po·​len·​ta | \ pō-ˈlen-tə How to pronounce Polenta (audio) \

Definition of Polenta

Francesca da died 1283(or 1284) Francesca da Rimini \ ˌfran-​ˈche-​skə-​dä-​ˈri-​mə-​(ˌ)nē How to pronounce Polenta (audio) , ˌfrän-​ , -​ˈrē-​ \ Italian noblewoman famous for tragic adulterous love affair

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