Definitions

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

  • n. A round flat bread of Middle Eastern origin that can be opened to form a pocket for filling. Also called pocket bread.
  • n. Any of several plants of the genus Agave that yield strong leaf fibers. Also called istle.
  • n. The fiber of any of these plants, used in making cordage and paper.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A flat bread pouch used for making sandwiches such as gyros or falafels.
  • n. A fiber obtained from the Agave americana and related species, used for making cordage and paper.
  • n. The plant which yields the fiber.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A fiber obtained from the Agave Americana and other related species, -- used for making cordage and paper. Called also pita fiber, and pita thread.
  • n. The plant which yields the fiber.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The maguey, Agave Americana, and other species of the genus.
  • n. The fiber derived from Agave leaves.
  • n. In southern Mexico, Central America, and tropical South America, a name applied to various textile plants and the fiber produced from them: especially applied in the low, moist regions of Mexico and Central America to Karatas Karatas, which yields a strong and durable fiber.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. usually small round bread that can open into a pocket for filling

Etymologies

Modern Greek pētta, pita, pie, cake, bread.
Spanish, from Quechua, to complicate, discord, bother.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Byzantine Greek πίτα (píta, "pie"). (Wiktionary)
Spanish (Wiktionary)

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  • And was the cat's name an acronym?

    April 13, 2007

  • I had a cat by that name.

    April 13, 2007

  • I have a friend whose dog was named Pita for exactly that reason. :-)

    April 12, 2007

  • pain in the ass?

    April 11, 2007