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fa·la·felor fe·la·fel (fə-lä′fəl)
a. A mixture of ground spiced chickpeas or fava beans that is shaped into balls and deep-fried.
b. A fried ball made of such a mixture.
2. A sandwich filled with such balls.
[Levantine colloquial Arabic falāfil, perhaps from pl. of earlier *filfal, from Aramaic pilpāl, small round thing, peppercorn, from palpēl, to be round, roll.]
(Cookery) a ball or cake of ground spiced chickpeas, deep-fried and often served with pitta bread
[C20: from Arabic felāfil]
or fe•la•fel(fəˈlɑ fəl)
1. a small deep-fried croquette of ground chickpeas or fava beans and spices.
2. a sandwich of pita bread filled with these croquettes.
[1950–55; < Arabic falāfil]
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