torte

[tawrt; German tawr-tuh]
noun, plural tortes [tawrts] /tɔrts/, German tor·ten [tawr-tn] /ˈtɔr tn/.
  1. a rich cake, especially one containing little or no flour, usually made with eggs and ground nuts or bread crumbs.

Origin of torte

1955–60; < German < Italian torta < Late Latin (Vulgate) tōrta (panis) round loaf (of bread), probably feminine of Latin tortus twisted (see tort), with VL lengthening of o (compare French tourte)
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torte

noun
  1. a rich cake, originating in Austria, usually decorated or filled with cream, fruit, nuts, and jam

Word Origin for torte

C16: ultimately perhaps from Late Latin tōrta a round loaf, of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for torte
n.

"sweet cake, tart," 1748, from German Torte; earlier sense of "round cake, round bread" (1550s) is from Middle French torte; both from Late Latin torta "flat cake," also "round loaf of bread" (cf. Italian torte, Spanish torta), probably related to tart (n.1); not considered to be from the source of tort.

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