mezzaluna

Pronunciation: [mehz-zuh-LOO-nuh]

Also called a crescent cutter, the mezzaluna ("half-moon") is a curved steel chopping blade with a vertical wooden handle at each end. It's used to mince or chop food by rocking the blade from side to side on a cutting board.

From The Food Lover's Companion, Fourth edition by Sharon Tyler Herbst and Ron Herbst. Copyright © 2007, 2001, 1995, 1990 by Barron's Educational Series, Inc.

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