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meringue

[muh-rang] /məˈræŋ/
noun
1.
a delicate, frothy mixture made with beaten egg whites and sugar or hot syrup, and browned, used as a topping for pies, pastry, etc.
2.
a pastry or pastry shell made by baking such a mixture, sometimes filled with fruit, whipped cream, etc.
Origin
1700-1710
1700-10; < French méringue; perhaps to be identified with dial. (Walloon) maringue shepherd's loaf, marinde food for an outdoor repast (< Latin merenda light afternoon meal, probably feminine gerund of merere to merit, such a meal being part of a laborer's wages), though certain evidence is lacking; association with the town of Meiringen (Bern canton, Switzerland) is solely by folk etymology

méringue

[mey-rang] /meɪˈræŋ/
noun, verb (used without object), méringued, méringuing.
1.
Origin
< French < Haitian Creole
Related forms
unmeringued, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for meringue

meringue

/məˈræŋ/
noun
1.
stiffly beaten egg whites mixed with sugar and baked, often as a topping for pies, cakes, etc
2.
a small cake or shell of this mixture, often filled with cream
Word Origin
C18: from French, origin obscure
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Word Origin and History for meringue
n.

whites of eggs mixed with sugar, 1706, from French méringue (18c.), of unknown origin.

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Encyclopedia Article for meringue

mixture of stiffly beaten egg whites and sugar that is used in confections and desserts. The invention of meringue in 1720 is attributed to a Swiss pastry cook named Gasparini. Meringues are eaten as small "kisses" or as cases and toppings for fruits, ice cream, puddings, and the like. Shapes are piped onto a baking sheet through a pastry bag and dried out thoroughly in a slow oven. They are not ordinarily browned but remain an ivory colour. Vacherins and schaumtorten are plain meringue shells; dacquoise is a meringue with ground nuts and cornstarch added. Italian meringue, in which the sugar takes the form of a hot syrup, is used to cover puddings and ice creams. In the United States, a soft, moist meringue is used to top pies, especially lemon cream. Another famous American meringue dessert is the baked Alaska. A hard-frozen block of ice cream is placed on a layer of spongecake, and the whole is covered with uncooked meringue. The meringue is quickly browned in a hot oven and the dish served immediately, so that the meringue is warm but the ice cream is still frozen

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