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empanada

[em-puh-nah-duh; Spanish em-pah-nah-th ah] /ˌɛm pəˈnɑ də; Spanish ˌɛm pɑˈnɑ ðɑ/
noun, Latin-American Cookery.
1.
a turnover or mold of pastry filled with chopped or ground meat, vegetables, fruit, etc., and usually baked or fried.
Origin
1920-1925
1920-25; < American Spanish, equivalent to em- em-1 + pan bread +-ada, feminine of -ado -ate1
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  • Dense chocolate bread pudding and a flaky empanada with a thin layer of guava paste were other winners.
  • Timberland's shoes zip shut into little empanada-shaped packages.
  • Lap the top piece of plastic wrap over the dough and lift the empanada onto the baking sheet.
Word Origin and History for empanada
n.

1939, American English, from Spanish empanada, past participle adjective (fem.) of empanar "to roll and fry."

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