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baba

[bah-buh; French ba-ba]
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noun, plural ba·bas [bah-buh z; French ba-ba] /ˈbɑ bəz; French baˈba/.
  1. a spongelike cake leavened with yeast and often containing raisins, baked in a small mold and then usually soaked with a rum syrup.
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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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  • No sooner have the heroes gone off to the chase, than the Baba Yaga is there in a moment.

    Russian Fairy Tales

    W. R. S. Ralston

  • But the Baba Yaga had strictly forbidden her to tell the truth.

    Russian Fairy Tales

    W. R. S. Ralston

  • Towards evening Vasilissa got the table ready, and awaited the Baba Yaga.

    Russian Fairy Tales

    W. R. S. Ralston

  • When the Baba Yaga got up in the morning, the sorry colt was not to be seen!

    Russian Fairy Tales

    W. R. S. Ralston

  • There stood a hut, and in it sat weaving the Baba Yaga, the Bony-shanks.

    Russian Fairy Tales

    W. R. S. Ralston


British Dictionary definitions for baba

baba

noun
  1. a small cake of leavened dough, sometimes mixed with currants and usually soaked in rum (rum baba)
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Word Origin

C19: from French, from Polish, literally: old woman
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Word Origin and History for baba

n.

kind of plum cake, 1827, from French baba (19c.), said by French etymology dictionaries to be from Polish baba.

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