from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A curved steel blade, often with a vertical handle at each end, used to chop food.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A crescent-shaped steel blade attached to a wooden handle; used to chop food.


Italian, crescent, mezzaluna : mezza, feminine of mezzo, half (from Latin medius) + luna, moon (from Latin lūna).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Italian mezzaluna ("half moon") (Wiktionary)



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  • No true gastronomic kahuna
    Will permit a kitchen lacuna.
    The liturgical rules
    Require your tools
    To include the esteemed mezzaluna.

    January 22, 2014

  • I have had the most delicious mezzaluna pasta. Beautiful word.

    January 22, 2014