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Friday, June 03, 2016

Definitions for olykoek

  1. Hudson Valley: Older Use. doughnut.

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Citations for olykoek
Such heaped up platters of cakes of various and almost indescribable kinds, known only to experienced Dutch housewives! There was the doughty doughnut, the tender olykoek, and the crisp and crumbling cruller … Washington Irving, "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," The Sketch Book, 1820
Here he was out in the hind end of nowhere, the sky like a cracked pitcher and snow powdering his black cloak till he looked like an olykoek dusted with sugar, and for what? T. C. Boyle, World's End, 1987
Origin of olykoek
New York Dutch
1800-1810
Olykoek is an Americanism with roots in New York Dutch. It is formed on the basis of the Dutch oliekoek meaning "oilseed cake," equivalent to olie, "oil," plus koek, "cake."