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noun Scandinavian Cookery.
  1. boned salmon, cured by marinating in sugar, salt, pepper, and other spices, especially dill.
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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
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  1. dry-cured salmon, marinated in salt, sugar, and spices, as served in Scandinavia
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Word Origin

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