Polenta in an Anglo-Saxon Latin Glossary

“Polenta” is defined as “farina subtilissima.” (“The finest-ground flour.”)

I looked it up in my more normal classical Latin dictionary, which defines it as “barley meal,” “parched and crushed grain,” or (in the Bible, which was what the Anglo-Saxons wanted it for) as “parched grain.” Nowadays, of course, polenta is a corn/maize dish.

Anyway, it’s fun to meet up with cognates and earlier meanings for words.

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