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or felafel

[fuh-lah-fuh l] /fəˈlɑ fəl/
noun, Middle Eastern Cookery.
a small croquette made with ground chickpeas or fava beans and spices, often served with salad and tahini in pita bread.
Sometimes, falafil.
Origin of falafel
Levantine Arabic
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” Unabridged
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a ball or cake of ground spiced chickpeas, deep-fried and often served with pitta bread
Word Origin
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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