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marzipan

[mahr-zuh-pan] /ˈmɑr zəˌpæn/
noun
1.
a confection made of almonds reduced to a paste with sugar and often molded into various forms, usually diminutive fruits and vegetables.
Also called marchpane.
Origin of marzipan
1535-1545
1535-45; < German < Italian marzapane. See marchpane
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marzipan

/ˈmɑːzɪˌpæn/
noun
1.
a paste made from ground almonds, sugar, and egg whites, used to coat fruit cakes or moulded into sweets Also called (esp formerly) marchpane
modifier
2.
(informal) of or relating to the stratum of middle managers in a financial institution or other business: marzipan layer job losses
Word Origin
C19: via German from Italian marzapane. See marchpane
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Word Origin and History for marzipan
n.

1901 (in modern use; earlier march payne, late 15c., from French or Dutch), from German Marzipan, from Italian marzapane "candy box," from Medieval Latin matapanus "small box," earlier, "coin bearing image of seated Christ" (altered in Italian by folk etymology as though from Latin Marci panis "bread of Mark"), of uncertain origin. One suggestion is that this is from Arabic mawthaban "king who sits still." Nobody seems to quite accept this, but nobody has a better idea. The Medieval Latin word also is the source of Spanish marzapan, French massepain.

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