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A nonvenereal form of syphilis that is endemic primarily among children in the Middle East and North Africa, characterized by mouth and skin lesions and destruction of long bone tissue, and caused by a strain of the spirochete Treponema pallidum that is transmitted by mouth-to-mouth contact or shared utensils.

[Colloquial Arabic bajal.]
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A competition was organized for the preparation of traditional Tatar dishes, including tokamach (home noodles), chak-chak (desert), ochpochmak (pie), kosh tele (desert), peremyachi (pie), belesh (pie), etc.
"In the [Sheila] Belesh story, you never saw the entire body.