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

  • n. An aged, dry-cured, spiced Italian ham that is usually sliced thin and served without cooking.

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  • n. A dry-cured ham from Italy, thinly sliced.

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

  • n. Italian salt-cured ham usually sliced paper thin

Etymologies

Italian, alteration (probably influenced by prosciugare, to dry out) of presciutto, from Vulgar Latin *perexsūctus, thoroughly dried up : Latin per-, per- + Latin exsūctus, past participle of exsūgere, to suck out (ex-, ex- + sūgere, to suck; see suction).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Italian prosciutto, from Latin perexsiccātus, perfect passive participle of perexsiccō ("dry up completely"). (Wiktionary)

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