pretzel

[pret-suhl]
noun
1.
a crisp, dry biscuit, usually in the form of a knot or stick, salted on the outside.
2.
a larger version of this, made of soft, chewy bread dough.

Origin:
1815–25, Americanism; < German Pretzel, variant of Bretzel; Old High German brizzila < Medieval Latin bracellus bracelet

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pretzel (ˈprɛtsəl)
 
n
a brittle savoury biscuit, in the form of a knot or stick, glazed and salted on the outside, eaten esp in Germany and the US
 
[C19: from German, from Old High German brezitella; perhaps related to Medieval Latin bracellus bracelet, from Latin bracchium arm]

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pretzel
1856, from Ger. Prezel, also Brezel, from O.H.G. brezitella, from M.L. *brachitellum, presumably a kind of biscuit baked in the shape of folded arms (cf. It. bracciatella, O.Prov. brassadel), dim. of L. bracchiatus "with branches, with arms," from L. bracchium "arm" (see brace).
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pretzel

a brittle, glazed-and-salted cracker of German or Alsatian origin. Made from a rope of dough typically fashioned into the shape of a loose knot, the pretzel is briefly boiled and then glazed with egg, salted, and baked. Pretzels are customarily eaten as a snack with beer.

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