n. A dense, flaky dessert made of tahini and sugar, popular in Israel.
"Be sure to wrap your halva in all of the t-shirts you didn't wear BEFORE you get to customs in the US. Those greedy customs officials and their beagles will find any excuse to steal your glorious halva for themselves." (source)
Languages of Origin
- Modern Hebrew
- Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements
- Non-Jews: (words that have spread outside of Jewish networks)
- North America
Who Uses This
halvah, chalvah, chalva, khalvah, khalva
Various unique varieties of halva exist across the Middle East and South Asia.
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