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shawarma

[ shuh-wawr-muh ]
/ ʃəˈwɔr mə /
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noun

(in Middle Eastern cuisine)
  1. roasted meat, as lamb or beef, cooked on a spit.
  2. a dish consisting of this meat, served wrapped in pita bread with tahini or hummus.

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Origin of shawarma

1950–55; <Levantine Arabic shāwurma, shāwirma, from Turkish çevirme “turn, rotation, meat roasted on a spit,” from çevirmek “to turn, rotate”
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