Definitions

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

  • n. Southwestern U.S. A rounded earthenware pot or jar, used especially for cooking or for carrying water.
  • n. An olla podrida.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a cooking-pot or earthenware jar used in Spain and Spanish-speaking countries
  • n. A pot used for cooling water by evaporation in Latin America.
  • n. A cinerary urn in ancient Rome.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A pot or jar having a wide mouth; a cinerary urn, especially one of baked clay.
  • n. A dish of stewed meat; an olio; an olla-podrida.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In Spanish countries, an earthen jar or pot used for cooking and other purposes, or a dish of meat and vegetables cooked in such a jar.
  • n. An olio.
  • n. A large porous earthenware jar or jug in universal use in the southwestern parts of the United States and Territories for holding drinking-water, which is kept cool by the evaporation of moisture through the substance of the jar.
  • n. In archaeology, a form of vase more properly called stamnos.
  • n. A favorite Spanish dish consisting of a mixture of all kinds of meat, cut into small pieces and stewed, with various kinds of vegetables.
  • n. Hence— Any incongruous mixture or miscellaneous collection.
  • n. Same as ola, olay.

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

  • n. leaf or strip from a leaf of the talipot palm used in India for writing paper

Etymologies

Spanish, from Old Spanish, from Latin, variant of aula, aulla, pot, jar.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Spanish olla, from Latin olla, aulla; akin to the Sanskrit  (ukhā, "pot"), and probably to Gothic 𐌰𐌿𐌷𐌽𐍃 (auhns, "oven"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • She missed what she called the olla-podrida phrases to which she had always been accustomed; and in her desire to behave with propriety, there was an unwonted sense of constraint.

    A romance of the republic

  • Unlike the ancient pottery of the area, this "olla" is of dab and wattle construction.

    The Valley Of The Caves

  • The Spanish used a clay container called la olla, the Spanish word for pot.

    History of the piñata

  • Cafe de olla is a Mexican hot beverage brewed from dark-roasted coffee beans, piloncillo (a Mexican dark-brown sugar) and cinnamon.

    Archive 2007-07-01

  • The cinnamon flavored café de olla is particularly popular at night.

    Mexico's Gourmet Coffee: Cafe De Altura

  • This means that the hostess and any female helpers do not join the family and guests until the final brandies are "salud-ed" and the strong, sweet café de olla is being stirred with a generous shot of Kahlua.

    Dancing with the Maya: una fiestita in Copoya

  • A traditional Mexican favorite, café de olla is made by pouring ground coffee into boiling water, letting it steep, straining and adding cinammon and piloncillo.

    Mexican Coffee

  • He reserves a place of honor for the all-inclusive Spanish stew known as olla podrida and includes a Catalan recipe for spit-roast partridge.

    Delizia!

  • When cold a few ounces of a ferment called "fu-fud" are sprinkled over it and thoroughly stirred in; all is then put in an olla, which is tied over and set away.

    The Bontoc Igorot

  • But natural refrigeration find its best illustration in the arid regions of the southwest by the use of an olla, which is a vessel made of porous pottery, a stout canvas bag or a closely woven Indian basket.

    Arizona Sketches

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