- a Near Eastern pastry made of many layers of paper-thin dough with a filling of ground nuts, baked and then drenched in a syrup of honey and sometimes rosewater.
Origin of baklava
Borrowed into English from Turkish around 1815–25
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Examples from the Web for baklava
Gaziantep is famous for its baklava and this batch of twenty was expensive.
Abed filled his mouth with a piece of the baklava, I needed to get our conversation going.
He shrugged and took another piece of the baklava, considering it in his fingers for a moment.
He said nothing about the baklava, but stood at the end of our table, his eyes resting on me, as if I should order.
- a rich cake of Middle Eastern origin consisting of thin layers of pastry filled with nuts and honey
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Word Origin and History for baklava
1650s, from Turkish.
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