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sopaipilla

[soh-pahy-pee-uh; Spanish saw-pahy-pee-yah]
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noun, plural so·pai·pil·las [soh-pahy-pee-uh z; Spanish saw-pahy-pee-yahs] /ˌsoʊ paɪˈpi əz; Spanish ˌsɔ paɪˈpi yɑs/. Mexican Cookery.
  1. a small pastry made of deep-fried yeast dough and usually dipped in honey.

Origin of sopaipilla

1935–40; < American Spanish, equivalent to Spanish sopaip(a) fritter or thick pancake soaked in honey (earlier also xopaipa < Mozarabic, derivative of šúppa, súppa piece of bread soaked in oil, Spanish sopa < Germanic; see sop, soup) + -illa diminutive suffix
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Word Origin and History for sopaipilla

n.

also sopapilla, by 1983, from Mexican Spanish, ultimately from Old Spanish sopa "food soaked in liquid," from a Germanic source, from Proto-Germanic *sup- (see sup (v.2)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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