marzipan

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Borrowed from German Marzipan, from Italian marzapane. The German -i- is probably due to a reinterpretation as Latin Mārcī pānis (Mark's bread). Further origin uncertain, but now thought to be derived from Martaban, in Burmese မုတ္ထမ (muthta.ma.), a Burmese port known for its spice exports, through Arabic مَرْطَبَان (marṭabān, spice box), and with influence of pane (bread).

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fruit-shaped marzipan at a market in Florence, Italy

marzipan (usually uncountable, plural marzipans)

  1. A confection made from a paste of almonds, sugar and egg white as a binder.

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marzipan (third-person singular simple present marzipans, present participle marzipanning, simple past and past participle marzipanned)

  1. (transitive) To cover with marzipan.
    a marzipanned cake