- a sweet, candylike confection of Turkish origin, consisting chiefly of ground sesame seeds and honey.
Also halavah, hal·va.
Origin of halvah
1840–50; < Yiddish halva < Romanian < Turkish helva < Arabic ḥalwā sweet confection
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halva halavah (ˈhæləvɑː)
- an Eastern Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, or Indian sweetmeat made of honey and containing sesame seeds, nuts, rose water, saffron, etc
from Yiddish halva, from Romanian, from Turkish helve, from Arabic halwā sweetmeat
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