halvah

[hahl-vah, hahl-vah]

noun

a sweet, candylike confection of Turkish origin, consisting chiefly of ground sesame seeds and honey.

Nearby words

  1. haltingly,
  2. haltom city,
  3. halton,
  4. halton hills,
  5. halutz,
  6. halve,
  7. halvers,
  8. halves,
  9. halyard,
  10. halysites

Also halavah, hal·va.

Origin of halvah

1840–50; < Yiddish halva < Romanian < Turkish helva < Arabic ḥalwā sweet confection

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British Dictionary definitions for halvah

halvah

halva halavah (ˈhæləvɑː)

noun

an Eastern Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, or Indian sweetmeat made of honey and containing sesame seeds, nuts, rose water, saffron, etc

Word Origin for halvah

from Yiddish halva, from Romanian, from Turkish helve, from Arabic halwā sweetmeat

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