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baba

[bah-buh; French ba-ba] /ˈbɑ bə; French baˈba/
noun, plural babas
[bah-buh z; French ba-ba] /ˈbɑ bəz; French baˈba/ (Show IPA)
1.
a spongelike cake leavened with yeast and often containing raisins, baked in a small mold and then usually soaked with a rum syrup.
Origin
1820-1830
1820-30; < French < Polish: literally, old woman, peasant woman; the cake was introduced into France by the court of the exiled Polish king Stanislaus I
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baba

/ˈbɑːbɑː; French baba/
noun
1.
a small cake of leavened dough, sometimes mixed with currants and usually soaked in rum (rum baba)
Word Origin
C19: from French, from Polish, literally: old woman
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Word Origin and History for babas

baba

n.

kind of plum cake, 1827, from French baba (19c.), said by French etymology dictionaries to be from Polish baba.

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