kichel

Definitions

  • small cookie or biscuit
  • cookies (plural)

Example Sentences

  • "I love kikhelekh in my soup!"
  • "Gluten-free kichel are a little tricky since we are not using any gums – they tend to want to break apart as you form them into bow-ties." (http://www.glutenfreecanteen.com/2011/09/29/craggy-bow-tie-kichlach-gluten-free-dairy-free/)

Languages of Origin

  • Yiddish

Etymology

  • קיכל kikhl 'cookie', diminutive of קוכן kukhn 'cake' (pl. קיכלעך kikhlekh)
    • Who Uses This

      • Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage

      Regions

      • South Africa
      • North America

      Dictionaries

      • Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).

      Alternative Spellings

      kikhl

Notes

  • In South Africa, kichel are flat diamond shaped parev biscuits served as an accompaniment to chopped herring or chopped liver. Plural: kichelach, kikhelekh, kichalach

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