Kaiser roll

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A Kaiser roll featuring its characteristic star.

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A calque of the German Kaisersemmel, from Kaiser (emperor) + Semmel (roll), so named in honour of Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria.

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Kaiser roll (plural Kaiser rolls)

  1. A typically crusty round bread roll supposedly invented in Vienna, made from flour, barm, malt, water, and salt, and whose characteristic feature is a five-spoked propeller- or pinwheel-like star on its obverse.
    • Bill Watterson, Calvin and Hobbes, August 09, 2010
      Calvin: Help! A bee! A bee! Run for your life!
      Hobbes! Did you see it?? It was the biggest bee in the world! It was the size of a Kaiser roll! It must’ve weighed 70 pounds!

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