leb·​ku·​chen | \ ˈlāpˌkük ən \
plural lebkuchen

Definition of lebkuchen

: a Christmas cookie usually made with honey, brown sugar, almonds, candied fruit peel, and spices

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History and Etymology for lebkuchen

German, from Middle High German lebekuoche, from lebe loaf (akin to Middle High German leib loaf, from Old High German leib, hleb) + kuoche cake, from Old High German kuocho, chuohho

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“Lebkuchen.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lebkuchen. Accessed 24 January 2020.

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