helzel

Alternative Spellings

heldzl, heldzel, helzl, eldzl, eldsl, heldsel, heldsl, helzul, heldzul

Definitions

  • chicken neck, poultry neck, stuffed poultry neck, the skin around the chicken's neck which is then stuffed

Example Sentences

  • "I still can see Mama sewing up the “heldzl” after stuffing it full of mashed potatoes, “shmaltz,” onions, and “matse mel” (matzoh meal). To this was added plenty of kosher salt and spices." (http://www.derbay.org/hrabina/27.html)

Languages of Origin

Yiddish

Etymology

העלדזל heldzl 'neck (diminutive)'

Who Uses This

Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older
Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

None

Notes

See also gorgel and kishka.

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