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[hahl-vah, hahl-vah]
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  1. a sweet, candylike confection of Turkish origin, consisting chiefly of ground sesame seeds and honey.
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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


halva halavah (ˈhæləvɑː)

  1. an Eastern Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, or Indian sweetmeat made of honey and containing sesame seeds, nuts, rose water, saffron, etc
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Word Origin for halvah

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