a spicy Italian ham, cured by drying and served in very thin slices, often with melon
Origin of prosciuttoItalian from prosciugare, to dry out, altered (prob. influenced, influence by pro- from L, pro-) from Late Latin an unverified form perexsucare from per- ( from L, per-) + exsucare, to extract juice from from Classical Latin exsuctus, past participle of exsugere, to suck out: see ex- and suck
nounpl. pro·sciut·ti, or pro·sciut·tos
An aged, sometimes spiced Italian ham that is salted, cured by drying, and usually served in thin slices.
Origin of prosciuttoItalian 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 . )
(plural prosciutti or prosciuttos)
- A dry-cured ham from Italy, thinly sliced.