from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A smoked Italian sausage made of ground pork and beef and cubes of pork fat, flavored with wine and spices.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A smooth-textured Italian pork sausage with lumps of fat, flavoured with spices; eaten cold.
Italian, feminine diminutive of murtato, seasoned with myrtle berries, from Latin myrtātus, murtātus, from myrtus, myrta, myrtle; see myrtle.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Italian mortadella, from Latin murtatum ("sausage seasoned with myrtle berries"), from myrtatum, from myrtus, from Ancient Greek μύρτον (murton). (Wiktionary)