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n. pl. souv·la·ki·a (-kē-ə) also souv·la·kis
A Greek dish consisting of pieces of seasoned meat roasted on skewers.

[Modern Greek souvláki, from diminutive of soúvla, skewer, from Medieval Greek, from Latin sūbula, sūbla, awl; see syū- in Indo-European roots.]
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(suvˈlɑ ki)

a lamb dish similar to shish kebab.
[1945–50; < Modern Greek soubláki small spit, derivative of soúbla spit, skewer « Latin sūbula awl =sū-, base of suere to sew + -bula suffix of instrument]
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Noun1.souvlaki - made of lamb
kabob, kebab, shish kebab - cubes of meat marinated and cooked on a skewer usually with vegetables
Ellas, Greece, Hellenic Republic - a republic in southeastern Europe on the southern part of the Balkan peninsula; known for grapes and olives and olive oil
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Given my swarthy complexion, poor dance moves and catastrophic bank balance, what else could I order if not the chicken souvlaki? Made fresh in front of my eyes, it was well anticipated and didn't disappoint with huge chunks of juicy, salted chicken, plenty of fresh salad and lashings of garlic mayonnaise, all served up in warmed pitta bread.
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