éclair

éclair

[ey-klair, ih-klair, ey-klair]
noun
a finger-shaped cream puff, filled with whipped cream, custard, or pastry cream, often coated with icing.

Origin:
1860–65; < French: literally, lightning (flash), Old French esclair, noun derivative of esclairier to light, flash < Vulgar Latin *exclariāre, for Latin exclārāre, equivalent to ex- ex-1 + clārāre to make bright, derivative of clārus clear

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éclair (eɪˈklɛə, ɪˈklɛə)
 
n
a finger-shaped cake of choux pastry, usually filled with cream and covered with chocolate
 
[C19: from French, literally: lightning (probably so called because it does not last long), from éclairer, from Latin clārāre to make bright, from clārus bright]

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eclair
1861, from Fr. éclair, lit. "lightning," from O.Fr. esclair, from esclairare "to light up, make shine," ult. from L. exclarare "light up, illumine," from ex- "out" + clarus "clear." The sense is perhaps the "lightness" of the confection.
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