noun Greek Cookery.
a dish similar to shish kebab made with lamb.
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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a Greek dish of kebabs, esp made with lamb
Word Origin for souvlakia
C20: from Modern Greek
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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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