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[blin-ee, blee-nee] /ˈblɪn i, ˈbli ni/
plural noun, singular blin. Russian Cookery.
pancakes made with yeast and either white or buckwheat flour and traditionally served during Shrovetide with caviar and sour cream.
Origin of blini
< Russian bliný, plural of blin blin Unabridged
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Examples from the web for blini
  • Dream up a cross between cornpone and blini and you've got a close approximation.
  • It was a blini vein with no surface indications and it will probably make a paying mine.
  • There were buckwheat and potato blini with smoked brook trout, one of the best appetizers.
  • It arrives with a covered pot of blini, a dish of sour cream, a pitcher of butter and its own private waiter.
British Dictionary definitions for blini


plural noun
Russian pancakes made of buckwheat flour and yeast
Word Origin
C19: from Russian: plural of blin, from Old Russian mlinǔ, related to Russian molot' to grind
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