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 (bä′klə-vä′, bä′klə-vä′)
A dessert made of paper-thin layers of pastry, chopped nuts, and honey.

[Ultimately (partly via Greek and Armenian) from Ottoman Turkish, possibly colloquial alteration of baklavī, chain mail (perhaps because a tray of baklava cut into lozenges somewhat resembles chain mail), from Ottoman naval jargon bakla, chain link, from Ottoman Turkish bakla, fava bean (the oblong shape of a chain link being likened to that of a bean), from Arabic baqla, leguminous plant, from baqala, to sprout; akin to Akkadian baqālu, to malt, sprout, and Ge'ez baqwala, to sprout.]
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(ˈbɑːkləˌvɑː) or


(Cookery) a rich cake of Middle Eastern origin consisting of thin layers of pastry filled with nuts and honey
[from Turkish]
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(ˈbɑ kləˌvɑ, ˌbɑ kləˈvɑ)

a Greek and Middle Eastern pastry made of many layers of paper-thin dough with a filling of ground nuts, baked and drenched in honey.
[1815–25; < Turkish]
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Noun1.baklava - rich Middle Eastern cake made of thin layers of flaky pastry filled with nuts and honeybaklava - rich Middle Eastern cake made of thin layers of flaky pastry filled with nuts and honey
pastry - any of various baked foods made of dough or batter
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