- a small croquette made with ground chickpeas or fava beans and spices, often served with salad and tahini in pita bread.
Origin of falafel
1950–55; < Levantine Arabic falāfil, plural of filfil “pepper”; possibly from Persian pilpil, from Sanskrit pippalī “long pepper,” or from Aramaic pilpāl “small round object, peppercorn”
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- a ball or cake of ground spiced chickpeas, deep-fried and often served with pitta bread
C20: from Arabic felāfil
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Word Origin and History for falafel
by 1951 as a traveler's word, not common or domestic in English until 1970s; from Arabic falafil, said to mean "crunchy."
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