from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The name in Brazil of the fruits of several trees belonging to the genus Anona, especially of those of A. obtusiflora, a native of the Antilles and cultivated in Brazil.
  • noun The name given by the Singalese to the sweet-sop, Anona squamosa, which was introduced into India and Ceylon by the Portuguese several centuries ago. In India the name is represented by ata, and in Guam and the Philippines by atis. See Anona, atis (with cut), and sweet-sop.
  • noun A genus of hymenopterous insects, of the suborder Heterogyna and family Formicidæ, or ants.

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  • determiner that's the; that's a
  • noun a type of wholegrain flour from the Indian subcontinent.


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  • I too got handvo atta from the grocery, it's now time to use it!

    Weekend Lunch Series: Spinach-Zucchini Handvoh Cardamom 2008

  • We call it atta, but you may also find it being sold as chappati flour.

    Archive 2007-03-01 Nupur 2007

  • Y'atta'alliikesh shanandahhii shicha'an, ninihalli'yah.

    Archive 2009-03-01 2009

  • Y'atta'alliikesh shanandahhii shicha'an, ninihalli'yah.

    A Friend Has Died 2009

  • Noting that her government was using all efforts to provide maximum relief and reducing burden to people, she said the government's aim was to sell 'atta' and 10 kinds of pulses to mitigate inflationary trends in food items.

    NDTV News - Top Stories 2010

  • That used both by Indians and Arabs for chapatties is the Indian variety known at 'atta' which retains most of the essential parts of the wheat grain. tabsir 2010

  • "I am stocking up on 'atta' (wheat flour) and cooking oil, as everyone says there may be shortages if things get much worse," said Anwar Hameed, a trader in a Lahore market.

    IRIN 2009

  • "I earned about Rs 3,000 [US$38] a month as a labourer, buying a little 'atta' [wheat flour] or other food with what I earned each day.

    ReliefWeb - Headlines 2009

  • No matter where you were in the world, he would find the time, pick up the phone, and give you an 'atta boy.'

    Reliable Sources: Journalists remember Cronkite 2009

  • Ten minutes later, a male colleague suggests a remarkably similar idea and everyone jumps on board with a hearty chorus of "atta boy" and "great idea!"

    BJ Gallagher: Wal-Mart: What Do Women Want? BJ Gallagher 2011


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