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fasnacht

[faws-nahk, -nahkt]
noun Chiefly Pennsylvania.
  1. a deep-fried raised doughnut; originally served on Shrove Tuesday as the last sweet treat before Lent.
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Also fast·nacht [fawst-nahk, -nahkt] /ˈfɔstˌnɑk, -ˌnɑkt/.

Origin of fasnacht

< Pennsylvania German; German Fastnacht; see fast2, night
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