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croquette

[kroh-ket] /kroʊˈkɛt/
noun
1.
a small cake or ball of minced meat, poultry, or fish, or of rice, potato, or other food, often coated with beaten egg and bread crumbs, and fried in deep fat.
Origin
1700-1710
1700-10; < French, equivalent to croqu(er) to crunch (Old French crokier to break, of expressive orig.) + -ette -ette
Can be confused
coquette, croquet, croquette.
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  • To rice croquette mixture add two tablespoons powdered sugar and grated rind one-half lemon.
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croquette

/krəʊˈkɛt; krɒ-/
noun
1.
a savoury cake of minced meat, fish, etc, fried in breadcrumbs
Word Origin
C18: from French, from croquer to crunch, of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for croquette
n.

1706, from French croquette (17c.), from croquer "to crunch" (imitative) + diminutive suffix -ette.

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