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A small cake of minced food, such as poultry, vegetables, or fish, that is usually coated with bread crumbs and fried in deep fat.
[French, from croquer, to crunch.]
(Cookery) a savoury cake of minced meat, fish, etc, fried in breadcrumbs
[C18: from French, from croquer to crunch, of imitative origin]
a small cake or ball of minced meat, fish, vegetable, or other food coated with egg and breadcrumbs and deep-fried.
[1700–10; < French, =croqu(er) to crunch (Old French crokier to break, of expressive orig.) + -ette -ette]