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[em-puh-nah-duh; Spanish em-pah-nah-th ah] /ˌɛm pəˈnɑ də; Spanish ˌɛm pɑˈnɑ ðɑ/
noun, Latin-American Cookery.
a turnover or mold of pastry filled with chopped or ground meat, vegetables, fruit, etc., and usually baked or fried.
1920-25; < American Spanish, equivalent to em- em-1 + pan bread +-ada, feminine of -ado -ate1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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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.

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