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falafel

or fe·la·fel

[fuh-lah-fuh l]
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noun Middle Eastern Cookery.
  1. a small croquette made with ground chickpeas or fava beans and spices, often served with salad and tahini in pita bread.
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Sometimes fa·la·fil.

Origin of falafel

1950–55; < Levantine Arabic falāfil, plural of filfil “pepper”; possibly from Persian pilpil, from Sanskrit pippalī “long pepper,” or from Aramaic pilpāl “small round object, peppercorn”
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falafel

felafel

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

C20: from Arabic felāfil
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Word Origin and History for falafel

n.

by 1951 as a traveler's word, not common or domestic in English until 1970s; from Arabic falafil, said to mean "crunchy."

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