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[leyb-koo-kuh n; German leyp-koo-khuh n] /ˈleɪb ku kən; German ˈleɪpˌku xən/
noun, plural lebkuchen.
a hard, chewy or brittle Christmas cookie, usually flavored with honey and spices and containing nuts and citron.
Origin of lebkuchen
1905-10, Americanism; < German; Middle High German lebekuoche. See loaf1, cake Unabridged
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  • The lebkuchen I placed on my mantel shelf as befitted so magnificent a work of art.

  • "I want to tell you, my dear, that I sent to Nuremberg for some lebkuchen in honor of your birthday," she said.

    An American Girl in Munich Mabel W. Daniels
  • To any intelligent baker the reason for this was obvious: Hans was making his lebkuchen with new honey-cake.

    A Romance Of Tompkins Square Thomas A. Janvier
  • And when at last the fateful night arrived that saw his first batch of lebkuchen in the oven, he actually forgot to smoke at all!

    A Romance Of Tompkins Square Thomas A. Janvier
  • But even at its best, never was this lebkuchen at all like that of which in his hopeful youth he had dreamed.

    A Romance Of Tompkins Square Thomas A. Janvier
  • The best that even Aunt Hedwig could say of his lebkuchen was that it was not bad.

    A Romance Of Tompkins Square Thomas A. Janvier
British Dictionary definitions for lebkuchen


noun (pl) -chen
a biscuit, originating from Germany, usually containing honey, spices, etc
Word Origin
German: literally, loaf cake
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