Attested in English since the late 1930s, from Yiddish קישקע (kishke), from Slavic—Polish kiszka, Russian кишка́ (kišká), or Ukrainian ки́шка (kýška). Ultimately from Proto-Slavic *kyšьka (“intestine, stomach”). Related to Sanskrit कोष्ठ (koṣṭha, “intestine”) and possibly Ancient Greek κύστις (kústis, “bladder”).
kishke (plural kishkes)
- A dish made from stuffed intestine.
- (informal, often in the plural) Intestines, guts.
- 1969, Philip Roth, Portnoy's Complaint:
- Subsequently she was over the toilet all night throwing up. ‘My kishkas came out from that thing! Some practical joker!’
- Oy a broch! I was so worried! I knew something was wrong. In my kishkes, I could feel it!
- (dish): blood pudding, blood sausage
- (dish): derma, stuffed derma, stuffed kishke
- (intestines): stomach, gut, guts
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- “kishke”, in Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: Merriam-Webster, 1996–present.
- “kishke” in The New Oxford American Dictionary, Second Edition, Oxford University Press, 2005
- “kishka” and “kishke” in Frederic Gomes Cassidy, Joan Houston Hall (1985), Dictionary of American Regional English, p 228, Harvard University Press, ISBN 067420519
- Rudnyc'kyj, Ja. (1972–1982), “кишка”, in An Etymological Dictionary of the Ukrainian Language, volume 2 (Д – Ь), Ottawa: Ukrainian Mohylo-Mazepian Academy of Sciences; Ukrainian Language Association, →LCCN, page 674