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[hahl-vah, hahl-vah] /hɑlˈvɑ, ˈhɑl vɑ/
a sweet, candylike confection of Turkish origin, consisting chiefly of ground sesame seeds and honey.
Also, halavah, halva.
1840-50; < Yiddish halva < Romanian < Turkish helva < Arabic ḥalwā sweet confection Unabridged
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Examples from the web for halvah
  • While halvah is a great candy, its intriguing texture inspired me to use it in a dessert.
  • Inside is a mound of rich chocolate mousse and a layer of halvah, the sesame candy.
  • halvah confectionery based on tahini, a paste made from ground sesame seeds.
British Dictionary definitions for halvah


an Eastern Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, or Indian sweetmeat made of honey and containing sesame seeds, nuts, rose water, saffron, etc
Word Origin
from Yiddish halva, from Romanian, from Turkish helve, from Arabic halwā sweetmeat
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Encyclopedia Article for halvah

any of several confections of Balkan and eastern Mediterranean origin, made with honey, flour, butter, and sesame seeds or semolina, pressed into loaf form or cut into squares. Halvah is made with a variety of colourings and flavourings. Its texture is characteristically gritty and crisp.

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