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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 of halvah
1840-1850
1840-50; < Yiddish halva < Romanian < Turkish helva < Arabic ḥalwā sweet confection
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Examples from the web for halvah
  • While halvah is a great candy, its intriguing texture inspired me to use it in a dessert.
  • Inside is a mound of rich chocolate mousse and a layer of halvah, the sesame candy.
  • halvah confectionery based on tahini, a paste made from ground sesame seeds.
British Dictionary definitions for halvah

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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