pa·el·la (pä-ĕlə, pä-ālyä, -āyä)
A saffron-flavored Spanish rice dish made with varying combinations of vegetables, meat, chicken, and seafood.
[Catalan, frying pan, paella, from Old French paelle, frying pan, pot, from Latin patella, diminutive of patina, pan; see PATEN.]
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