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 dolmades (audio) , dȯl-​ , däl-​ \

Definition of dolma

: a stuffed grape leaf or vegetable shell

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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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