Pronunciation: [JEER-oh; ZHEER-oh; g<em>k.</em> YEE-roh]

A Greek specialty consisting of spiced minced lamb that is molded around a spit and vertically roasted. The hot roasted meat is shaved off as the spit turns, then tucked into a pita and topped with grilled onions, sweet peppers and tzatziki (cucumber-yogurt sauce). The Middle Eastern version of the gyro is shawarma.

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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