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[kil-bah-suh, keel-] /kɪlˈbɑ sə, kil-/
noun, plural kielbasas, kielbasy
[kil-bah-see, keel-] /kɪlˈbɑ si, kil-/ (Show IPA)
a smoked sausage of coarsely chopped beef and pork, flavored with garlic and spices.
Also called Polish sausage.
Origin of kielbasa
1950-55; < Polish kiełbasa, sausage, cognate with Czech klobása, dialectal Serbo-Croatian klobasa, Bulgarian kŭlbása, Russian kolbasá; ulterior origin obscure Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for kielbasa


/ˌkiːlˈbaːsɘ; ˌkɪlˈbaːsɘ/
a traditional garlic sausage of Eastern European origin
Word 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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