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

  • n. A string on which foodstuffs, such as chilies, onions, or garlic, are threaded or tied for storage.


Spanish, from Old Spanish riestra, variant of riesta, rieste, from Latin restis, rope, cord.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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  • Carmencita threaded chilis on string
    When Juan came in and love took wing.
    They shared 'midst the ristra
    The kisses that blister,
    So los amantes began their hot fling.

    January 14, 2015