Origin: ? via Yiddish < Ger schmaltz, lit., rendered fat, akin to schmelzen, to melt: see smelt
See schmaltz in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Yiddish shmalts, animal fat, sentimentality
Origin: , from Middle High German smalz, animal fat
Origin: , from Old High German; see mel-1 in Indo-European roots.
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