pretzel

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Etymology[edit]

A pretzel

From German Pretzel, Brezel, from Medieval Latin *brachiatellum, from diminutive of Latin bracchium (arm); named for the appearance of arms folded in prayer.

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Noun[edit]

pretzel (plural pretzels)

  1. A toasted bread or cracker usually in the shape of a loose knot.
  2. Anything that is knotted, twisted, or tangled.

Verb[edit]

pretzel (third-person singular simple present pretzels, present participle pretzelling or (US) pretzeling, simple past and past participle pretzelled or (US) pretzeled)

  1. (transitive, North America) To bend, twist, or contort.
    They discovered a snake pretzelled into knots.

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