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halvah

[hahl-vah, hahl-vah] /hɑlˈvɑ, ˈhɑl vɑ/
noun
1.
a sweet, candylike confection of Turkish origin, consisting chiefly of ground sesame seeds and honey.
Also, halavah, halva.
Origin
1840-1850
1840-50; < Yiddish halva < Romanian < Turkish helva < Arabic ḥalwā sweet confection
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British Dictionary definitions for halva

halvah

/ˈhælvɑː/
noun
1.
an Eastern Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, or Indian sweetmeat made of honey and containing sesame seeds, nuts, rose water, saffron, etc
Word Origin
from Yiddish halva, from Romanian, from Turkish helve, from Arabic halwā sweetmeat
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Encyclopedia Article for halva

halvah

any of several confections of Balkan and eastern Mediterranean origin, made with honey, flour, butter, and sesame seeds or semolina, pressed into loaf form or cut into squares. Halvah is made with a variety of colourings and flavourings. Its texture is characteristically gritty and crisp.

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