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knish

Alternative Spellings

knysh

Definitions

  • Eastern European dumpling with thin dough filled with potato, kasha, onion, meat, and/or other ingredients

Example Sentences

  • "I don't know from knishes - but I know a good read." (review of Silver's book Knish: In Search of the Jewish Soul Food: http://www.amazon.com/review/R22YSWBDA7WI6J/ref=cm_cr_quotes_dprb_0?ie=UTF8&ASIN=1611683122&nodeID=283155&store=books)

Languages of Origin

Yiddish

Etymology

קניש knish

Who Uses This

Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements
Non-Jews: (words that have spread outside of Jewish networks)

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).
Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).
JPS: The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001)

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