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A small rich cake, baked in a shell-shaped mold.
[French, from earler gâteau à la Madeleine, cake à la Madeleine, after the name Madeleine, perhaps that of the person who invented or popularized the cakes.]
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(Cookery) a small fancy sponge cake
[C19: perhaps after Madeleine Paulmier, French pastry cook]
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mad•e•leine(ˈmæd l ɪn, ˌmæd lˈeɪn, -ˈɛn)
1. a small shell-shaped cake.
2. something that triggers memories or nostalgia.
[1835–45; < French, earlier gâteau à la Madeleine, after the given name]
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