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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Recent Examples on the Web Egyptian moussaka foregoes both the béchamel of the Greek version and the usual ground beef, so all attention is given to the eggplant, roasted in tomato sauce until the flesh goes lush. Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, "At Hamido Seafood, Let the Staff Be Your Guide," 28 Feb. 2020 Other moussaka recipes use potato slices, which tend to need a fair amount of salt for seasoning. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, "Easy comfort food casserole gets a healthy twist," 22 Feb. 2020 Take your time exploring the farm, with everything from papaya trees to baby peacocks, before trying the house salad packed with fresh-picked greens or the sweet potato moussaka. Shannon Sims, New York Times, "36 Hours in Curaçao," 11 Feb. 2020 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

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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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The first known use of moussaka was in 1862

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“Moussaka.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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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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