Definition of harissa in English:

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Pronunciation: /həˈrēsə/


A hot sauce or paste used in North African cuisine, made from chili peppers, paprika, and olive oil.
Example sentences
  • In the past two weeks I have barbecued skinny lamb chops marinated in spicy harissa, Greek sausages, calamari and some beautiful little sardines.
  • A little ready-made harissa (hot chilli paste) will turn up the heat, Lamour-style.
  • Whether it's kimchi in Korea, harissa in Tunisia, or achar in India, spicy condiments remain constant in the daily meals of very different countries.


From Arabic.

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Syllabification: ha·ris·sa

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