fricassee

fricassee

[frik-uh-see]
noun
1.
meat, especially chicken or veal, browned lightly, stewed, and served in a sauce made with its own stock.
verb (used with object), fricasseed, fricasseeing.
2.
to prepare as a fricassee.

Origin:
1560–70; < Middle French, noun use of feminine past participle of fricasser to cook chopped food in its own juice, probably equivalent to fri(re) to fry + casser to break, crack (< Latin quassāre to shake, damage, batter); compare, however, dial. fricâssié, perhaps with a reflex of Vulgar Latin *coāctiāre, verbal derivative of Latin coāctus compressed, condensed, past participle of cōgere; see cogent

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fricassee (ˌfrɪkəˈsiː, ˈfrɪkəsɪ, ˈfrɪkəˌseɪ)
 
n
1.  stewed meat, esp chicken or veal, and vegetables, served in a thick white sauce
 
vb , -sees, -seeing, -seed
2.  (tr) to prepare (meat) as a fricassee
 
[C16: from Old French, from fricasser to fricassee; probably related to frire to fry1]

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fricassee
1568, from M.Fr. fricassée, fem. pp. of fricasser "mince and cook in sauce," of uncertain origin, perhaps related to M.Fr. frire "to fry" and casser, quasser "break, cut up."
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