n. The deep-fried chick pea ball itself.
I'm going to grab falafel for lunch.
Languages of Origin
- Modern Hebrew
פלאפל, from the Arabic فلافل falāfil 'lit., peppers'
- Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements
- Non-Jews: (words that have spread outside of Jewish networks)
- The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
- The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
- Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).
Who Uses This
As the first definition states, "falafel" can refer to the sandwich; among those for whom "falafel" is merely the ball, the term "falafel sandwich" is sometimes used.
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