kurabiye

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Turkish kurabiye.

Noun[edit]

kurabiye (plural kurabiyes)

  1. (rare) A cookie, particularly a sweet cookie (originally Middle Eastern, now also Turkish, Greek and Albanian), often made with almonds or hazelnuts.
    • 1992, Antony Sher, The indoor boy, page 68:
      'What a kurabiye, what a biscuit! Ha? Aren't you?' Gertjie freezes. Delican does the same, and they stay poised like this, reared like animals.
    • 1997, Esin Eden, Nicholas Stavroulakis, Salonika: A Family Cookbook, page 212:
      [] they tend to be given as gifts as well[,] hence one is usually eating someone else's kurabiyes and not one's own. The word itself is Arabic, as is the basic recipe though it has passed into the kitchen of Turks, Greeks, Armenians and Jews.

Turkish[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Ottoman Turkish قرابیه(kurabiye), غرابیه(gurabiye, an almond-biscuit; a small hunting-case watch), a pseudo-Arabism like جمهوریت(cumhuriyet) suffixed ـیت(-iyyet) from Arabic غُرَاب(ḡurāb, the extremity of the haunch, bend of the scabbard) because the fob watch was carried near the haunch or scabbard, from which the cookie name was transferred.

Noun[edit]

kurabiye

  1. cookie, biscuit

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