Pesto meaning

pĕstō
A sauce consisting of fresh basil, garlic, pine nuts, olive oil, and grated cheese.
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Any of various similar sauces.
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An Italian sauce that is a purée of fresh basil, garlic, pine nuts, and Parmesan cheese in olive oil, used esp. over pasta.
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A sauce, especially for pasta, originating from the Genoa region, made from basil, garlic, pine nuts, olive oil and cheese (usually pecorino)
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Origin of pesto

  • Italian from past participle of pistare, pestare to pound piston

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 1937, from Italian pesto, contraction of pestato, form of pestare (“to pound in a mortar"). Cognate to pestle.

    From Wiktionary