Origin of pastramieastern; English Yiddish pastrame from Polish bastramy, dried meat, ultimately from Turkish basdyrma
Origin of pastramiYiddish pastrame from Romanian pastramă from Ottoman Turkish ba&slowdot;dirma salted and seasoned air-dried beef equivalent to Modern Turkish pastırma, bastırma from verbal noun of bastırmak to press down, hold down causative of basmak to weigh upon, press ( in reference to the pressing of the meat while curing it ) from Old Turkic basmaq
From Yiddish pastrame, from Romanian pastrama. That word is probably from Turkish pastÄ±rma, a variation of bastÄ±rma, "dried meat", from root *bas-, to press; the other possible origin of the Romanian word is the Greek Ï€Î±ÏƒÏ„ÏŽÎ½Ï‰ (pastono, "I salt"), from Ancient Greek Ï€Î±ÏƒÏ„ÏŒÏ‚ (pastos) (pastos, "sprinkled with salt", "salted"). The English spelling ending in -mi is probably from the influence of salami.