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kebab

or kabob

[kuh-bob] /kəˈbɒb/
noun
1.
Usually, kebabs. small pieces of meat or seafood seasoned or marinated and broiled, often with tomatoes, green peppers, onions, or other vegetables, usually on a skewer.
2.
(in Indian English use) roast meat.
Also, kebob, kabab, cabob.
Origin of kebab
1665-1675
1665-75; < Arabic, Hindi kabāb < Turkish kebap roast meat. See shish kebab
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Examples from the Web for cabob
Historical Examples
  • cabob, ka-bob′, n. an Oriental dish of pieces of meat roasted with herbs: roast meat generally in India.

  • Duckling; cabob curry of chicken-liver with Bombay ducks—really, Mr. Beck, this dinner is worth a dukedom.

    The Golden Butterfly Walter Besant
  • She managed better with old Mr. cabob, who had certainly received many of Mrs. Carbuncle's smiles, and who was very rich.

    The Eustace Diamonds

    Anthony Trollope
  • Mr. cabob, who probably knew that he must pay well for his smiles, never said anything about it.

    The Eustace Diamonds

    Anthony Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for cabob

cabob

/kəˈbɒb/
noun
1.
a variant of kebab

kebab

/kəˈbæb/
noun
1.
a dish consisting of small pieces of meat, tomatoes, onions, etc, threaded onto skewers and grilled, generally over charcoal Also called shish kebab, kabob, cabob
Word Origin
C17: via Urdu from Arabic kabāb roast meat
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Word Origin and History for cabob

kebab

n.

"pieces of meat roasted on a skewer," 1813 (cf. shish kebab).

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