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[bawrsht] /bɔrʃt/
any of various eastern European soups made with beets, cabbage, potatoes, or other vegetables and served hot or chilled, often with sour cream.
Also, borsch
[bawrsh] /bɔrʃ/ (Show IPA),
[bawrsh, bawrshch] /bɔrʃ, bɔrʃtʃ/ (Show IPA)
Origin of borscht
1880-85; < Yiddish borsht; compare Ukrainian, Byelorussian, Russian borshch soup with red beets as ingredient; or directly < East Slavic Unabridged
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  • Far from black bread and borscht, he found the food excellent.

    Combat Dallas McCord Reynolds
  • Such jokes would have made them about as popular as the borscht Circuit comedian who told a funny story about Dachau in 1946.

    Anything You Can Do ... Gordon Randall Garrett
British Dictionary definitions for borscht


a Russian and Polish soup based on beetroot
Word Origin
C19: from Russian borshch
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Word Origin and History for borscht

1884, from Russian borshch "cow parsnip," which was an original recipe ingredient. Borscht belt "region of predominantly Jewish resorts in and around the Catskill Mountains of New York" (also known as the Yiddish Alps) is by 1938.

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