Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A curved steel blade, often with a vertical handle at each end, used to chop food.

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  • noun A crescent-shaped steel blade attached to a wooden handle; used to chop food.

Etymologies

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

[Italian, crescent, mezzaluna : mezza, feminine of mezzo, half (from Latin medius; see medhyo- in Indo-European roots) + luna, moon (from Latin lūna; see leuk- in Indo-European roots).]

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Italian mezzaluna ("half moon")

Examples

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  • I have had the most delicious mezzaluna pasta. Beautiful word.

    January 22, 2014

  • No true gastronomic kahuna

    Will permit a kitchen lacuna.

    The liturgical rules

    Require your tools

    To include the esteemed mezzaluna.

    January 22, 2014