dol·​ma | \ ˌdōl-ˈmä How to pronounce dolma (audio) , ˈdȯl-mə How to pronounce dolma (audio) , ˈdäl- \
plural dolmas or dolmades\ dōl-​ˈmä-​(ˌ)t͟hēz How to pronounce dolma (audio) , dȯl-​ , däl-​ \

Definition of dolma

: a stuffed grape leaf or vegetable shell

Examples of dolma in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Place the dolma, flap-down, in your cooking vessel and repeat. Kat Craddock, Saveur, "How to Make Your Own Dolmas (Stuffed Grape Leaves) for Perfect Mezze Plates," 21 Apr. 2017 But my special treat came in the form of an add-on order of dolma, those oily grape leaves wrapped around rice that Pasha energizes with tomato and spice. Mike Sutter,, "San Antonio’s restaurant takeout stars: 2M Smokehouse, Clementine and Pasha shine during the coronavirus crisis," 23 Apr. 2020 Add a handful to salads for a refreshing crunch akin to watercress, or use the large lily pad–like foliage for a quick-cooking variation on dolmas. Kat Craddock, Saveur, "10 Flavor-Packed Leaves From Around the World to Bring Into Your Kitchen," 25 May 2017 The dolma were pleasantly tangy and perfectly tender (grape leaves can sometimes be unpleasantly stringy). Alaska Dispatch News, "At Aladdin’s restaurant in Anchorage, kebabs and kefta are a family affair," 13 Sep. 2017 Watch our video or attend a Greek Fest demonstrations on the secret of wrapping a proper dolma. Ann Maloney,, "Greek Fest adds appetizers to menu of Memorial Day weekend event," 11 May 2017

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First Known Use of dolma

circa 1889, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dolma

Turkish, literally, something stuffed

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“Dolma.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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