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or ba·ba au rhum  (bä′bä ō rŭm′)
A leavened rum cake, usually made with raisins.

[French baba, baba (from Polish, old woman, round Easter cake, from the cake's resemblance to a pleated skirt) + au, with the + rhum, rum.]
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(ˈbɑːbɑː; French baba)
(Cookery) a small cake of leavened dough, sometimes mixed with currants and usually soaked in rum (rum baba)
[C19: from French, from Polish, literally: old woman]
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(ˈbɑ bɑ, -bə)

n., pl. -bas.
a small yeast cake often containing raisins, usu. served soaked in a rum syrup.
[1820–30; < French < Polish: literally, old woman]
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Noun1.baba - a small cake leavened with yeastbaba - a small cake leavened with yeast  
cake - baked goods made from or based on a mixture of flour, sugar, eggs, and fat
baba au rhum, rum baba - a baba soaked in rum
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References in classic literature ?
`Why, it's Ali Baba.' Scrooge exclaimed in ecstasy.
He then endeavored to re-enter the marvellous grottos, but they had suddenly receded, and now the path became a labyrinth, and then the entrance vanished, and in vain did he tax his memory for the magic and mysterious word which opened the splendid caverns of Ali Baba to the Arabian fisherman.
one would think one was in the cave of Ali Baba. What is there in them?" he added, putting his lantern on one of the casks.
The fable with Goethe so affectingly relates under the title of "The Erl- King" was known two thousand years ago in Greece as "The Demos and the Infant Industry." One of the most general and ancient of these myths is that Arabian tale of "Ali Baba and the Forty Rockefellers."
'There are four of us, with our names painted on a door-post in right of one black hole called a set of chambers,' said Eugene; 'and each of us has the fourth of a clerk--Cassim Baba, in the robber's cave--and Cassim is the only respectable member of the party.'
[2] See Story of the Blind Man, Baba Abdalla, in Arabian Nights' Entertainment.
The Baba gave her his contact details and asked her to contact him if any problem arises regarding her health.
By COLLINS BWUSUOne evening, in 2009, when I arrived home from school and was planning to take black tea and the previous nights leftover ugali, Baba asked me called me to his side.
PESHAWAR -- Speakers at a seminar to mark 22nd death anniversary of Baba-i-Pashto ghazal Amir Hamza Khan Shinwari, demanded authorities concerned to establish a Hamza Baba research cell at University of Peshawar.
E com um trecho da entrevista de onde foi retirado o extrato acima que Liane Silveira conclui o ultimo capitulo de Como se fosse da familia: a relacao (in)tensa entre maes e babas. O livro e fruto de uma pesquisa academica exemplar, conduzida pela autora ao longo de seu doutoramento no Programa de Pos-Graduacao em Antropologia Social do Museu Nacional/UFRJ.
Babas thought he was dreaming the night his cook stood below his bedroom window, calling his name with a hushed force, again and again.
Wanting to change her luck, she ventured into the dark and seedy world of selfclaimed babas, who claim to change people's destinies with their black magic prowess.