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shish kebab

[shish kuh-bob] /ˈʃɪʃ kəˌbɒb/
a dish consisting of kabobs broiled or roasted on a skewer.
Also, shish kabob.
Also called shashlik, shashlick, shaslik.
1910-15; < Turkish şişkebabι, equivalent to şiş spit (cf. shashlik) + kebap roast meat (cf. kabob) + 3rd singular possessive suffix


[shish-kuh-bob] /ˈʃɪʃ kəˌbɒb/
verb (used without object), shish-kebabbed, shish-kebabbing.
to broil or roast food on a skewer.
verb (used with object), shish-kebabbed, shish-kebabbing.
to broil or roast (food) on a skewer.
Also, shish-kabob. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for shish kebab

shish kebab

/ˈʃiːʃ kəˈbæb/
a dish consisting of small pieces of meat and vegetables threaded onto skewers and grilled
Word Origin
from Turkish şiş kebab, from şiş skewer; see kebab
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Word Origin and History for shish kebab

1914, from Armenian shish kabab, from Turkish siskebap, from sis "skewer" + kebap "roast meat."

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Encyclopedia Article for shish kebab


dish of small pieces of lamb threaded on a skewer and cooked over an open fire. The name of the dish is derived from the Turkish sis, a spit or skewer, and kebab, mutton or lamb. Variants of this dish are found throughout the Balkans, the Middle East, and the Caucasus. In Greece it is called arni souvlakia, in the Caucasus shashlyk.

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