- a smoked sausage of coarsely chopped beef and pork, flavored with garlic and spices.
Origin of kielbasa
1950–55; < Polish kiełbasa, sausage, cognate with Czech klobása, dialectal Serbo-Croatian klobasa, Bulgarian kŭlbása, Russian kolbasá; ulterior origin obscure
Also called Polish sausage.
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esp Canadian kulbasa (kuːbɒˈsɒ, ˈkuːbɘsɒ)
- a traditional garlic sausage of Eastern European origin
from Polish kieɫbasa, Ukrainian kovbasa
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Word Origin and History for kielbasa
1951, from Polish kiełbasa "sausage" (Russian kolbasa, Serbo-Croatian kobasica); perhaps from Turkish kulbasti, "grilled cutlet," literally "pressed on the ashes." Or perhaps, via Jewish butchers, from Hebrew kolbasar "all kinds of meat."
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