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macaroon

[mak-uh-roon] /ˌmæk əˈrun/
noun
1.
a drop cookie made of egg whites, sugar, usually almond paste or coconut, and sometimes a little flour.
Origin
dialectal Italian
1605-1615
1605-15; < Middle French macaron < dialectal Italian maccarone cake or biscuit made of ground almonds; see macaroni
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  • Sprinkle macaroon crumbs on the top aid a dash of nutmeg.
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macaroon

/ˌmækəˈruːn/
noun
1.
a kind of sweet biscuit made of ground almonds, sugar, and egg whites
Word Origin
C17: via French macaron from Italian maccaronemacaroni
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Word Origin and History for macaroon
n.

1610s, "small sweet cake consisting largely of ground almonds," from French macaron (16c.), from dialectal Italian maccarone (see macaroni). French meaning said to have been invented 1552 by Rabelais. The -oon ending was conventional in 15c.-17c. English to add emphasis to borrowings of French nouns ending in stressed -on.

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Encyclopedia Article for macaroon

cookie or small cake made of sugar, egg white, and almonds, ground or in paste form, or coconut. The origin of the macaroon is uncertain. The name is applied generally to many cookies having the chewy, somewhat airy consistency of the true macaroon.

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