mous·​sa·​ka | \ mü-ˈsä-kə How to pronounce moussaka (audio) , ˌmü-sä-ˈkä How to pronounce moussaka (audio) \
variants: or less commonly mousaka

Definition of moussaka

: a Middle Eastern dish of ground meat (such as lamb or beef) and sliced eggplant often topped with a seasoned sauce

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His moussaka—baked eggplant with zucchini, potato, and fresh tomatoes—is also a draw. David Kortava, The New Yorker, "Kabab Café’s “Snout to Tail” Delicacies," 23 Aug. 2019 The fast-casual restaurant serves steak gyros, lamb shank youvetsi, chicken souvlaki and moussaka. Los Angeles Times, "New L.A. dining options include seafood on the coast," 20 Aug. 2019 Feast on gyros, moussaka, spanakopita and other Greek delights at the 41st Taste of Greece at St. Paul’s Greek Orthodox Church. Sara Cagle,, "Gyros and comedy, pirates and cats and more for your close-to-home weekend," 26 June 2019 And for those who already clearly know their moussaka, their tzatziki and their baklava, this is just like home. Joan Cary, Aurora Beacon-News, "Guide to outdoor dining in Chicago suburbs: Basil’s Greek Dining in Aurora," 8 July 2018 But what food and prices: hummus and assorted salads, kebabs, moussaka, and the like, plus Abali yogurt soda and Burg apple nonalcoholic beer to wash it down. Michael Klein,, "Let's Eat: The January restaurant shakeup," 24 Jan. 2018 Start with lavas bread and a few dips before moving on to the lamb adana kebab or moussaka (sliced eggplant with ground lamb). Lauren Delgado,, "Mid-year check-in: New restaurants in Central Florida," 27 July 2017 One will serve Athenian chicken, pork shish kabobs, moussaka, pasticcio (ground beef with noodles) with béchamel sauce on top. Joanna Broder,, "Popular Big Greek Food Fest of Niles returns," 12 July 2017 The Zaman menu features a wide assortment of traditional Greek and Lebanese selections, from grape leaves, falafel and baba ghanouj to moussaka, gyros, kabobs and Shawarma. Carol Wolfram,, "5 things you need to know about Zaman Greek & Lebanese Cafe in Slidell," 11 July 2017

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First Known Use of moussaka

1862, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for moussaka

Modern Greek mousakas, from Turkish musakka, from dialect Arabic (Egypt) musaggaʽa, literally, chilled

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English Language Learners Definition of moussaka

: a Greek dish of ground meat (such as lamb or beef) and sliced eggplant

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