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noun, plural za·kus·ki [zuh-koos-kee] /zəˈkus ki/, za·kus·ka. Russian Cookery.
  1. an hors d'oeuvre.
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Origin of zakuska

1880–85; < Russian zakúska (usually in plural), derivative of zakusítʾ to snack, have a bite, equivalent to za- v. prefix + -kusitʾ, derivative of kusátʾ to bite
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  • To the zakuski succeeded the meal itself, and the host became a perfect glutton on his guests' behalf.

    Dead Souls

    Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol

British Dictionary definitions for zakuski



pl n singular -ka (-kə)
  1. Russian cookery hors d'oeuvres, consisting of tiny open sandwiches spread with caviar, smoked sausage, etc, or a cold dish such as radishes in sour cream, all usually served with vodka
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Word Origin

Russian, from zakusit' to have a snack
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