Italian Word of the Day: Calabrone (hornet)

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I’ve been stung by many api (bees) and vespe (wasps) in my lifetime, but I thank my lucky stars that I’ve never been on the receiving end of a calabrone sting! The word calabrone comes from the Latin crabronem of the same meaning. Calabrone is a masculine noun. The plural is calabroni. un calabroneil calabrone …

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Italian Word of the Day: Lucertola (lizard)

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Although the words lizard and lucertola share the same Latin origin – the word lacertus which meant lizard, sea fish or muscle – I think many of you would agree that the Italian has a much prettier ring to it! Lucertola is a feminine singular noun that becomes lucertole in its plural form. la lucertolauna …

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Italian Word of the Day: Tacchino (turkey)

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This coming Thursday is Thanksgiving (Festa del Ringraziamento) in the United States, and since many of our readers are Italian Americans, we decided to dedicate today’s word to the humble centrepiece of the Thanksgiving dinner table: the tacchino (turkey). Tacchino is a masculine noun ending in -o, making its plural form tacchini. Note that the …

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Italian Word of the Day: Pappagallo (parrot)

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The word for a parrot in Italian is pappagallo. It entered the Italian language from the Arabic babaġā via the Greek papagâs. Pappagallo is a masculine noun. The plural is pappagalli. un pappagalloil pappagallo dei pappagallii pappagalli Ieri ho visitato uno zoo e ho visto tanti pappagalli colorati. Yesterday I visited a zoo and saw …

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Italian Word of the Day: Rana (frog)

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The Italian word for a frog is rana. It derives from the Latin word of the same spelling. Rana is a feminine noun. Its plural is rane. la ranauna rana le ranedelle rane Among the most well-known types of frogs there is the rana rossa (common frog), rana toro (American bullfrog) and the rana verde …

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Italian Word of the Day: Acciuga (anchovy)

My favourite pizza topping of all time, with perhaps the exception of gorgonzola cheese, is the anchovy. This word translates as acciuga (feminine) in Italian, though it is usually seen in its plural form acciughe (anchovies). This small oily fish is found throughout the world’s oceans, and keeps very well in oil (acciughe sott’olio), brine …

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