From Canadian French tourtière, from a cooking vessel of the same name, from French tourte (“meat pie”). There is a common false etymology that it derives from the alternative meaning tourte (“passenger pigeon, now extinct, there were once billions of them”), ultimately from Latin turtur (“turtle dove”), which generated modern French tourterelle (“diminutive: turtle dove”).
tourtière (plural tourtières)
tourtière f (plural tourtières)
- (Canada, Quebec, food) tourtière, a type of traditional French-Canadian meat pie. Synonym of
- (Quebec, food) meat pie
(tourtière du Lac-St-Jean):