baba

[ bah-buh; French ba-ba ]
/ ˈbɑ bə; French baˈba /

noun, plural ba·bas [bah-buh z; French ba-ba] /ˈbɑ bəz; French baˈba/.

a spongelike cake leavened with yeast and often containing raisins, baked in a small mold and then usually soaked with a rum syrup.

Origin of baba

1820–30; < French < Polish: literally, old woman, peasant woman; the cake was introduced into France by the court of the exiled Polish king Stanislaus I
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baba

/ (ˈbɑːbɑː, French baba) /

noun

a small cake of leavened dough, sometimes mixed with currants and usually soaked in rum (rum baba)

Word Origin for baba

C19: from French, from Polish, literally: old woman
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