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halvah

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noun hal·vah \häl-ˈvä; ˈhäl-(ˌ)vä, -və\

Definition of halvah

  1. :  a flaky confection of crushed sesame seeds in a base of syrup (as of honey)



Variants of halvah

or

halva

Origin and Etymology of halvah

Yiddish halva, from Romanian, from Turkish helva, from Arabic ḥalwā sweetmeat


First Known Use: 1846


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