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borscht

[bawrsht]
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noun
  1. any of various eastern European soups made with beets, cabbage, potatoes, or other vegetables and served hot or chilled, often with sour cream.
Also borsch [bawrsh] /bɔrʃ/, borshch [bawrsh, bawrshch] /bɔrʃ, bɔrʃtʃ/.

Origin of borscht

1880–85; < Yiddish borsht; compare Ukrainian, Byelorussian, Russian borshch soup with red beets as ingredient; or directly < East Slavic
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  • Far from black bread and borscht, he found the food excellent.

    Combat

    Dallas McCord Reynolds

  • Such jokes would have made them about as popular as the Borscht Circuit comedian who told a funny story about Dachau in 1946.

    Anything You Can Do ...

    Gordon Randall Garrett


British Dictionary definitions for borscht

borscht

borsch (bɔːʃ) or borshch (bɔːʃtʃ)

noun
  1. a Russian and Polish soup based on beetroot

Word Origin

C19: from Russian borshch
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Word Origin and History for borscht

n.

1884, from Russian borshch "cow parsnip," which was an original recipe ingredient. Borscht belt "region of predominantly Jewish resorts in and around the Catskill Mountains of New York" (also known as the Yiddish Alps) is by 1938.

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