[tawrt; German tawr-tuh]
noun, plural tortes [tawrts] . German, torten [tawr-tn] .
a rich cake, especially one containing little or no flour, usually made with eggs and ground nuts or bread crumbs.

1955–60; < German < Italian torta < Late Latin (Vulgate) tōrta (panis) round loaf (of bread), probably feminine of Latin tortus twisted (see tort), with VL lengthening of o (compare French tourte) Unabridged
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torte (tɔːt, German ˈtɔrtə)
a rich cake, originating in Austria, usually decorated or filled with cream, fruit, nuts, and jam
[C16: ultimately perhaps from Late Latin tōrta a round loaf, of uncertain origin]

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"sweet cake, tart," 1748, from Ger. Torte; earlier sense of "round cake, round bread" (1555) is from M.Fr. torte; both from L.L. torta "flat cake," also "round loaf of bread" (cf. It. torte, Sp. torta), probably related to tart (n.1); not considered to be from the source of tort.
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