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croquette

[kroh-ket]
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noun
  1. a small cake or ball of minced meat, poultry, or fish, or of rice, potato, or other food, often coated with beaten egg and bread crumbs, and fried in deep fat.
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Origin of croquette

1700–10; < French, equivalent to croqu(er) to crunch (Old French crokier to break, of expressive orig.) + -ette -ette
Can be confusedcoquette croquet croquette
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croquette

noun
  1. a savoury cake of minced meat, fish, etc, fried in breadcrumbs
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Word Origin

C18: from French, from croquer to crunch, of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for croquette

n.

1706, from French croquette (17c.), from croquer "to crunch" (imitative) + diminutive suffix -ette.

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