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latke

[laht-kuh]
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noun Jewish Cookery.
  1. a pancake, especially one made of grated potato.

Origin of latke

1925–30; < Yiddish < East Slavic; compare Byelorussian (g)latka, dial. form of aladka kind of pancake, Old Russian oladǐya (Russian oládʾya), probably < Greek elá(i)dion, derivative of élaion oil
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n.

"pancake made with grated potatoes," 1927, from Yiddish, from Russian latka "pastry," said to mean literally "a patch," but by Watkins traced to Greek elaia "olive."

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