noun Middle Eastern Cookery.
an appetizer or snack consisting of a small croquette made with fava-bean flour or ground chick peas, seasoned with toasted sesame seeds and salt, often served in pita bread.
Also, falafil, felafel.

1950–55; < Arabic falāfil, derivative of filfil pepper

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falafel or felafel (fəlˈɑːfəl)
a ball or cake of ground spiced chickpeas, deep-fried and often served with pitta bread
[C20: from Arabic felāfil]
felafel or felafel
[C20: from Arabic felāfil]

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Word Origin & History

by 1960 as a traveler's word, not common and domestic in English until 1970s; said to mean "crunchy" in Arabic.
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Example sentences
The falafel shop next door was doing a brisk business.
The city is home to a strong food truck culture serving up everything from
  falafel to waffles at affordable prices.
House specials include the osman pasha combo--a platter of kabob, pesto noodles
  and falafel.
Popular items among locals include the lemon chicken soup, falafel and kebabs
  served over tomato infused bulgur rice.
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