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

  • n. A flat Italian bread traditionally flavored with olive oil and salt and often topped with herbs, onions, or other items.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A flat bread similar in style, composition, and texture to modern pizza doughs and topped with herbs, cheese and other products. Focaccia typically consists of high-gluten flour, oil, water, sugar, salt and yeast.
  • n. A sandwich made with this type of bread.


Italian, hearth-cake, from Vulgar Latin *focācea, from variant of Late Latin focācia, of the hearth, feminine of focācius, from Latin focus, hearth.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Diminutive form of Italian fuoco ("fire"), Latin focus ("fireplace"). (Wiktionary)


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