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fricassee

[frik-uh-see] /ˌfrɪk əˈsi/
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
1560-1570
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/
noun
1.
stewed meat, esp chicken or veal, and vegetables, served in a thick white sauce
verb -sees, -seeing, -seed
2.
(transitive) to prepare (meat) as a fricassee
Word Origin
C16: from Old French, from fricasser to fricassee; probably related to frire to fry1
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Word Origin and History for fricassee
n.

1560s, from Middle French fricassée, fem. past participle of fricasser "mince and cook in sauce" (15c.), of uncertain origin, perhaps related to or compounded from Middle French frire "to fry" (see fry (v.)) and casser, quasser "break, cut up." As a verb, from 1650s.

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