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[soov-lah-kee] /suvˈlɑ ki/
noun, Greek Cookery.
a dish similar to shish kebab made with lamb.
Also, souvlakia
[soov-lah-kyah] /suvˈlɑ kyɑ/ (Show IPA)
Origin of souvlaki
1945-50; < Modern Greek soubláki small spit, derivative of soúbla spit, skewer ≪ Latin sūbula shoemaker's awl, equivalent to sū-, base of su(ere) to sew1 + -bula suffix of instruments Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for souvlaki
  • souvlaki, also called gyros, is famous all over the world.
  • The menu features a large seafood list and traditional grilled dishes such as gyros and souvlaki.
  • Traditional entrees include moussaka, gyros and souvlaki.
  • Two house specialties are the mixed fish grill and the stuffed souvlaki.
  • The grilled swordfish souvlaki, served with a medley of steamed vegetables, is quite tasty.
Word Origin and History for souvlaki

1959, from Modern Greek soublaki, from soubla "skewer," in classical Greek "awl," akin to Latin subula, from PIE *syu- (see sew (v)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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