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[zuh-koos-kuh] /zəˈkus kə/
noun, plural zakuski
[zuh-koos-kee] /zəˈkus ki/ (Show IPA),
zakuska. Russian Cookery.
an hors d'oeuvre.
Origin of zakuska
1880-85; < Russian zakúska (usually in plural), derivative of zakusítʾ to snack, have a bite, equivalent to za- v. prefix + -kusitʾ, derivative of kusátʾ to bite Unabridged
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  • To the zakuski succeeded the meal itself, and the host became a perfect glutton on his guests' behalf.

    Dead Souls Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol
British Dictionary definitions for zakuski


plural noun (sing) -ka (-kə)
(Russian cookery) hors d'oeuvres, consisting of tiny open sandwiches spread with caviar, smoked sausage, etc, or a cold dish such as radishes in sour cream, all usually served with vodka
Word Origin
Russian, from zakusit' to have a snack
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