[ grahv-lahks ]
/ ˈgrɑv lɑks /

noun Scandinavian Cookery.

boned salmon, cured by marinating in sugar, salt, pepper, and other spices, especially dill.

Origin of gravlax

1960–65; < Swedish gravlax, Norwegian gravlaks, equivalent to grav- (compare Swedish grava, Norwegian grave to dig, bury) + lax, laks salmon; see lox1; the salmon was orig. cured by burying it Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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/ (ˈɡrævˌlæks) /


dry-cured salmon, marinated in salt, sugar, and spices, as served in Scandinavia

Word Origin for gravlax

C20: from Norwegian, from grav grave (because the salmon is left to ferment) + laks or Swedish lax salmon
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