[bah-kluh-vah, bah-kluh-vah]
a Near Eastern pastry made of many layers of paper-thin dough with a filling of ground nuts, baked and then drenched in a syrup of honey and sometimes rosewater.
Also, baklawa [bah-kluh-vah, bah-kluh-vah] .

1815–25; < Turkish Unabridged
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baklava or baclava (ˈbɑːkləˌvɑː)
a rich cake of Middle Eastern origin consisting of thin layers of pastry filled with nuts and honey
[from Turkish]
baclava or baclava
[from Turkish]

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Word Origin & History

1650s, from Turkish.
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rich Turkish, Greek, and Middle Eastern pastry of phyllo (filo) dough and nuts. Phyllo is a simple flour-and-water dough that is stretched to paper thinness and cut into sheets, a process so exacting that it is frequently left to commercial manufacturers. For baklava, 30 or 40 sheets of phyllo, each brushed liberally with melted butter, are layered in a baking pan with finely chopped walnuts, pistachios, or almonds. After the pastry is baked it is drenched with a syrup of honey and lemon juice. Cinnamon, ground cloves, cardamom, or rosewater may flavour either the filling or the syrup.

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Example sentences
Filo dough, which is used to make baklava, is also used in many dishes.
If you drink coffee and eat baklava only, day after day you are going to run out of it sooner or later.
Be sure to leave room for dessert, which could be a variety of pie choices, baklava or bread pudding.
Desserts fall into two categories: baklava and milk-based.
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