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gravlax

[grahv-lahks] /ˈgrɑv lɑks/
noun, Scandinavian Cookery.
1.
boned salmon, cured by marinating in sugar, salt, pepper, and other spices, especially dill.
Origin
1960-1965
1960-65; < Swedish gravlax, Norwegian gravlaks, equivalent to grav- (compare Swedish grava, Norwegian grave to dig, bury) + lax, laks salmon; see lox1; the salmon was orig. cured by burying it
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Examples from the web for gravlax
  • Most gravlax is served cured and cold, as with my version with fennel and tarragon.
  • Smoked salmon was mushy and washed out, the cured salmon gravlax was pasty and the leathery prosciutto was salty.
British Dictionary definitions for gravlax

gravlax

/ˈɡrævˌlæks/
noun
1.
dry-cured salmon, marinated in salt, sugar, and spices, as served in Scandinavia
Word Origin
C20: from Norwegian, from grav grave (because the salmon is left to ferment) + laks or Swedish lax salmon
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