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barbecue

bar·be·cue

barbecue

 
pronunciation:
bar b kyu
parts of speech:
noun, verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: an outdoor party at which meat and vegetables are cooked over an open fire.
definition 2: the grill or stove that is used to cook a meal outdoors.
definition 3: the food cooked in this way, often having a special sauce.
 
part of speech: verb
inflections: barbecued, barbecues, barbecuing
definition: to roast over an open fire, often using a special sauce.
 
Word History
Barbecue comes from barbacoa, a Spanish word for a frame used to roast meat or fish. The Spanish word may come from the language of the Taino people, who once lived on the islands between North and South America.
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