A plate of latkes.Licensed from iStockPhoto
Origin: Yiddish from Russian latka, a patch
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Origin: Yiddish, from Ukrainian oladka, from Old Russian, diminutive of olad'ya, from Greek eladia, pl. of eladion, little oily thing, diminutive of elaion, olive oil, from elaiā, olive.