plural noun

variants or less commonly pelmeny
: Russian meat dumplings that are often served in broth

Word History


Russian pel'meni, plural of pel'men', alteration of Russian dialect pel'nyan', from Votyak & Zyrian pel'ńań, from pel' ear + ńań bread; from their shape

First Known Use

1926, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pelmeni was in 1926

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“Pelmeni.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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