or fe·la·fel

[ fuh-lah-fuhl ]

nounMiddle Eastern Cooking.
  1. a small croquette made with ground chickpeas or fava beans and spices, often served with salad and tahini in pita bread.

Origin of falafel

First recorded in 1950–55; from Levantine Arabic falāfil, plural of filfil “pepper”; possibly from Persian pilpil, from Sanskrit pippalī “long pepper,” or from Aramaic pilpāl “small round object, peppercorn”; cf. pepper
  • Sometimes fa·la·fil .

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/ (fəlˈɑːfəl) /

  1. a ball or cake of ground spiced chickpeas, deep-fried and often served with pitta bread

Origin of falafel

C20: from Arabic felāfil

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