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Pesto means...

>James Wilkins <jwilkins@xxxxxxx> wrote:
>Pesto means "paste" (literally) or sauce in Italian.

The word "pesto" comes from the verb "pestare" which translates 
into English as "to pound".  Pesto was traditionally made with a 
mortar and pestal - hence the name.  Sauce in Italian is "salsa",
and for the thicker kind that one would squeeze from a tube one
refers to "pasta" - hence also "pasta", the word for noodles as it 
is known in English, because it is extruded and then either dried 
or not. In Italy dry pasta, is called "pasta asciutta" - dried paste.