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[koo-guh l-hopf, -hawpf] /ˈku gəlˌhɒpf, -ˌhɔpf/
noun, German Cookery.
a sweetened bread, flavored with raisins and almonds, baked in a ring-shaped mold, and usually dusted with powdered sugar before serving.
1885-90; < German Gugelhopf (orig. Swiss G), Gugelhupf (orig. Austrian, south German dial.), equivalent to Gugel a hood with a liripipe and partial covering for the shoulders, worn in the Middle Ages (Middle High German gugel, Old High German chugela, cucula < Late Latin cuculla; see cowl) + -hopf, -hupf, noun derivative of Middle High German hopfen to hop1, skip, jump; apparently from the cake's tendency to overflow the pan in a shape likened to the headgear Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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