Definition of mezzaluna in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌmɛtsəˈluːnə/


A utensil for chopping herbs, vegetables, etc., with a semi-circular blade and a handle at each end.
Example sentences
  • Alvarado has the lid of a tin of tomatoes and is using that as a mezzaluna to cut the vegetables since prisoners are not allowed to have knives.
  • I would say the mezzaluna [two-handled chopping knife], because a sharp blade is always useful to have around.
  • Finely chop the leaves, preferably with a mezzaluna, so that they almost become powder-like.


1950s: from Italian, literally 'half moon'.

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