Halva

halvah

[hahl-vah, hahl-vah]
noun
a sweet, candylike confection of Turkish origin, consisting chiefly of ground sesame seeds and honey.
Also, halavah, halva.


Origin:
1840–50; < Yiddish halva < Romanian < Turkish helva < Arabic ḥalwā sweet confection

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halvah, halva or halavah (ˈhælvɑː, ˈhæləvɑː)
 
n
an Eastern Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, or Indian sweetmeat made of honey and containing sesame seeds, nuts, rose water, saffron, etc
 
[from Yiddish halva, from Romanian, from Turkish helve, from Arabic halwā sweetmeat]
 
halva, halva or halavah
 
n
 
[from Yiddish halva, from Romanian, from Turkish helve, from Arabic halwā sweetmeat]
 
halavah, halva or halavah
 
n
 
[from Yiddish halva, from Romanian, from Turkish helve, from Arabic halwā sweetmeat]

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