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noun Greek Cookery.
  1. a dish similar to shish kebab made with lamb.
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Also souv·la·kia [soov-lah-kyah] /suvˈlɑ kyɑ/.

Origin of souvlaki

1945–50; < Modern Greek soubláki small spit, derivative of soúbla spit, skewer ≪ Latin sūbula shoemaker's awl, equivalent to sū-, base of su(ere) to sew1 + -bula suffix of instruments
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Word Origin and History for souvlaki


1959, from Modern Greek soublaki, from soubla "skewer," in classical Greek "awl," akin to Latin subula, from PIE *syu- (see sew (v)).

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