לאַטקע

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Yiddish[edit]

Latkes with apple sauce

Etymology[edit]

Mostly likely from Russian ла́тка (látka, pastry, patch), but may be related to Ancient Greek ἐλαίᾱ (elaíā, olive).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

לאַטקע (latkef (plural לאַטקעס (latkes))

  1. latke; a potato pancake fried in oil, traditionally served on Hanukkah.
    • 1921, Workmen's Circle (U.S.). Educational Dept, קינדערלאַנד (Kinderland), page 20:
      [] די ריחות פון אָפּגעבראָטענע גענז און זאַפטיקע לאַטקעס.‏
      [] di reykhes fun opgebrotene genz un zaftike latkes.
      [] the smells of fried geese and juicy latkes.

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